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Rainfed-dryland farming needs more investment

President Pratibha Patil and Prime Minister Manmohan Singh Wednesday called for more investment in agriculture, especially in rainfed and dryland farming, to achieve food security and inclusive growth.

Addressing a national workshop on policy initiatives in agriculture with particular reference to rainfed and dryland farming here, Patil said 60 percent of India's cultivated area were under rainfed and dryland farming, which provided 44 percent of country's production of foodgrains, including coarse cereals, pulses and oil seeds, and supported 40 percent of the country's 1.2 billion population.

'But it has very low investment as compared to irrigated areas. I think this needs urgent attention,' Patil said.

by afew (afew(a in a circle)eurotrib_dot_com) on Sat Feb 18th, 2012 at 02:57:04 PM EST

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