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Future doomed
Faulty irrigation to blame
16/11/2006

Though India has walked out from the humiliating PL-480 food credits of the 1950s, the food security of the country stands to be severely jeopardised if the elements of environment sustainability are not immediately incorporated into our agricultural practices. Faulty agricultural practices led by large scale canal irrigation is ruining the future of the country.

Large dams and canals were considered to be instrumental in bringing the Green revolution in the country. But Bhakhra Dam contributes only 12% and 15% of Punjab & Haryana’s agricultural productivity. Even that would have been satisfying but for the existence of about 449,000 hectares of waterlogged land and 687,000 hectares of salt-affected area in Punjab alone. If that was not enough, the unsustainable ground water mining has brought nearly the whole of Punjab under the danger zone. Researchers have argued that around 43-46 % of the total agricultural production for Punjab and 35% for Haryana, is based on unsustainably mined groundwater.

It is high time we realise that these so-called success stories have been sitting on brink of disaster. The sooner they switch to environmentally sustainable models, the better it would be.

By:- BE Edit Bureau
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