NEW DELHI: India's crop yields are lower than those in the US, Europe and China and the government is implementing several schemes to address this issue, Agriculture Minister Radha Mohan Singh said today.
He however noted that the low crop yields cannot be attributed to "non-availability" of improved technologies but several factors including short growing season, varied agro-climatic conditions and weather extremities.
"The productivity of various crops and legumes in the country is less as compared to that of some countries in Europe, the US and China," Singh said during the Question Hour in the Lok Sabha.
Large areas being under-rainfed and harsh environment also accounted for non-realisation of productivity potential of improved technologies, he said.
According to the crop yield data placed before the House, India's rice yield was 2191 kg/hectare, while the global average stood at 3026 kg/hectare, while wheat is 2750 kg/hectare as against the world average yield of 3289 kg/hectare.
Raj 12 hours ago
Please don''t introduce genetically modified crops,vegetables and fruit. They all are totally tasteless. They only look big and colorful and have a long shelf life. Please don''t destroy what nature has given to us as a gift. The farmers will become dependent on seed manufacturing companies because genetically modified crops,fruits and vegetables only produce dead/dud seeds.
14 hours ago
this shows poor research quality in agriculture apart from dependency on natural resources.
15 hours ago
India has a long way to go, to catch up with them.
India''s crop yield and agriculture needs to be world competitive.
17 hours ago
Interstate water disputes , are also a reason for crop loss.Why delays in every water dispute case?.Govt must link all rivers to ensure supply of water to all for drinking and for cultivation. Water going to sea , must be stopped.
For this Congress and UPA governments are solely responsible.