There is this myth that agricultural production in India is far less then the production in the developed countries.
The farming systems in the west are far superior to the systems in India.
India to advance and improve in this sector needs to follow the path of the west.
What if I tell you that all this is bullshit. These studies, these figures, these statistics are all baseless and are directed to break us further more and destroy the Indian Farming community. It is not easy to believe but this is the truth.
In the Western World they have large farmlands and they practice monocropping systems. You can see on 100's of Acres of land just one crop growing. If it's corn then it's just corn and nothing else. This system of Intensified Industrial Monoculture results in huge productions per Acre. But to produce this every other vegetative growth irrespective of it being a complimentary crop or a unwanted weed is either pulled out or suppressed by spraying harmful chemicals. At the sight of a pest again harmful chemical pesticides are sprayed and to improve the growth and volume of production, large quantities of chemical fertilisers are used either as soil amendments or foliar sprays.
The end result is scaled up production but at the cost of depleting the Soil quality, Poisoning the ground water, increased soil erosion, polluting the air, tampering with the food cycle of nature and to top it call inducing poison in our food.
Whereas in the traditional Indian farming system the Indian farmer has small land banks, grows atleast 5 different crops in an acre of land ranging from oil seeds to cereals to legumes to spices and vegetables and relies on a self regenerative fertilising system. The production in this system cannot be measured accurately in terms of volumes of production per Acre for one simple reason that their is a varied crop pattern and the amount of a particular crop grown in an Acre cannot be measured. This poly-culture system involves a calculated approach where the Indian farmer before sowing the seeds plans out a system where he has one or two major crops while the rest are crops grown to fill in as soil builders, pest traps, companion plants, pollinator attractors and diet balancers. This system of farming results in lesser usage of fertilisers, weedicides and pesticides and results in production of nutritious food.
While the west believes in volumes per Acre in India the traditional farmer believes in Nutrition per Acre. The Indian system works on a holistic balanced model of farming.
By introducing industrial system of Farming in India we have seen the destruction. I am listing out a few of them here.
1. Cultural Destruction
3. Climate Change
4. Ground Water Depletion
5. Pollution of Water Bodies
6. Infertile Soils
7. Malnutrition & Immunity loss
8. Increased Diseases
9. Increased Pests
10. Destruction of Habitats of Animals
11. Farmer Suicides