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Scientist's call for evergreen revolution

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BANGALORE, Jan. 8

IT is now time for Indian agriculture to jump into an `Evergreen Revolution' that will increase production and productivity in perpetuity, while maintaining the natural resource balance, Dr M.S. Swaminathan has said.

He was speaking at the plenary session on "Food Nutrition and Environmental Security" at the Science Congress in progress in Bangalore.

He said availability of foodgrains was not an indicator of food security. Nearly 30 per cent of the population is still too poor to buy food.

In other words, physical availability has to go hand in hand with economic access, and the foodgrains has to be of a quality that can offer nutritional value for real food security.

MSSRF also plans to release a `food insecurity' atlas soon.

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