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Continuing on the prospects and challenges of agtech development in India, my concluding part discusses some of the realistic scenarios, key factors necessary for success, and possible recommendations, including policy measures required.
In the last 69 years, the Indian economy has grown significantly with the highest growth being recorded in the industrial and services sector. While this is great for the economy, 70% of the country’s population is still poor with most living in rural areas. These rural families depend on rural income as the source of their livelihood.
A study published in the journal Science found government biofuel policies rely on reductions in food consumption to generate greenhouse gas savings. Now, the question is: Whether to seek greenhouse gas reductions from food reductions?
The study looked at three models used by U.S. and European agencies, and found that all three estimate that some of the crops diverted from food to biofuels are not replaced by planting crops elsewhere.
Globally, attention was drawn to the problem of post harvesting food losses. Post harvest food loss is one of the largest contributing factors to food insecurity in the world. The poor countries deal with reducing the tragic waste of losses after harvest from lack of storage, transportation and pest control. Losses of fruits and vegetable can be higher during the postharvest period. It depends upon the weather, storage and market distance. For a higher profit of growers and marketers to improve the postharvest knowledge often results in reducing food losses.