Prime Minister Narendra Modi, while addressing the G-20 agriculture ministers’ meeting virtually, unveiled India’s agricultural policy as a harmonious blend of traditional principles and forward-looking advancements. Highlighting India’s significant contributions to the agricultural sector, Modi emphasised the country’s dual approach of promoting natural farming alongside technology-enabled practices.
During his address, the Prime Minister revealed that farmers across India are increasingly embracing natural farming methods, eschewing synthetic fertilizers and pesticides. Instead, their focus lies in revitalising the environment, safeguarding soil health, achieving higher crop yields per unit of water, and endorsing organic fertilizers and pest management solutions.
Simultaneously, Modi emphasised the proactive integration of technology by Indian farmers to enhance productivity. He cited examples such as the generation and utilisation of solar power on farms, the utilisation of soil health cards to optimise crop selection, and the deployment of drones for nutrient spraying and crop monitoring.
Modi firmly believes that this fusion approach represents the most effective means of addressing multiple challenges in the agricultural domain. He called upon the agriculture ministers to engage in collective deliberation to achieve global food security. The Prime Minister proposed the exploration of strategies to build a sustainable and inclusive food system that specifically caters to marginalised farmers while bolstering global fertilizer supply chains.
Furthermore, Modi stressed the necessity of empowering farmers through innovation and digital technology, making solutions accessible and affordable for small and marginalised farmers worldwide. He also underscored the urgent need to minimise agricultural and food waste while concurrently investing in creating economic opportunities from waste materials.