Former India director of UN Food Security Program advises India to accelerate adoption of high temperature tolerant crops
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Bisho Parajuli, former India director of the United Nations Food Security Program (WFP), has said that India has the capacity to withstand the pressure of less water and higher temperatures. crops Efforts are being made to adopt and develop new varieties. Parajuli said in an interview before his retirement that this work needs to be done more seriously in view of the rapidly changing climate. In the beginning of the year 2022, due to premature rise in temperature, wheat crop was badly affected, due to which the production of wheat in India was less than the estimates.
need to adapt due to rising temperature
Parajuli said that we need to adapt ourselves to the change in temperature. He said, discussions and efforts are being made to adopt crops that use less water and bring new varieties. Efforts are also being made towards diversification of income. Parajuli said, I would say that India should make more rapid efforts for this work, because the climate is also changing rapidly. He said that in the present context it becomes important that we adopt new varieties. Something similar to what was done for high yielding crops during the Green Revolution.
He said, we need to work in less so that more yield can be taken in the future. Also, we need to adapt ourselves to the change in temperature. He cautioned that efforts should be made to minimize the use of water as it is a resource which is slowly depleting.
Sowing of temperature tolerant wheat this year
India is constantly focusing on crops that tolerate rising temperatures. This year India has sown wheat which can tolerate the increase in temperature. This year farmers have used DBW 187, DBW 303, DBW 222, DBW 327 and DBW 332 which give high yield and the crops produced from them can tolerate high temperature. Due to this, it is expected that this year the yield of wheat will be better. is that