India can feed half of the world: Pai
By IANS - KOLKATA
17th March 2013 10:24 AM
India can feed half of the world, if quality of production goes up somewhere near to the best, Manipal Global Education Services chairman Mohan Das pai said Saturday.
"India can feed half of the world if productivity can move up to near best in class," said Pai, adding that productivity was the problem, not land and labour.
Speaking about the disguised unemployment in the agriculture sector country wide, he said: "You don't require so many people to grow the miserly amount of food that you grow. We have to migrate people from agriculture to industry" following what China did 20 years ago."
Pai attributed most of the problems faced by India to the expanding gap between the growth rate of primary sector and the secondary and tertiary sector.
"...the divergence of 8-10 percent (industry & service) and 3 percent (agriculture) is so enormous that the gap is becoming extremely visible, that's what is hurting India's politics, creating anger in eastern India, the Maoist problem and all kind of problems...", said Pai, a former CFO of Infosys.
"We have to improve our industrial sector. It is only industry that can absorb a large number of people, so we have to reorient strategy in India."
- India's bleeding insurgencies: Lessons from Latin America
- Western Ghat report has imperialist mindset: Ecologist
- Lot more to India-China ties than border stand-off: Experts
- Major industrial conglomerates making a beeline for Haryana
- Man kidnapped 23 years ago finds kin thanks to Google Maps
- Bangalore's techies start 'brand tattoos' craze
- Indian circuses struggle to adapt after court bans
- Want hassle-free tatkal ticket? Personally visit special counters
- Rs 8K-crore plan for upgrading ICVs of Army
- Man arrested for attempt to attack TV host Ranjini Haridas
- Sreesanth, 2 other players 'confess'; more players under scanner
- The toxic truth about ripe mangoes
- Kalabhavan Mani missing after assaulting forest staff
- Shift me from ‘Anda’ cell, pleads Sanjay Dutt
- Tamil Brahmi script dating to 500 BC found near Erode
- Meghalaya's CMJ University faces probe after awarding suspicious PhDs