Looking for another ‘Green Revolution’
Information communication technologies have an essential role to play in bringing sustainable farming to India, according to Indian agricultural scientist Professor M.S. Swaminathan.
Known as the “father of the Indian green revolution,” Swaminathan spoke at the Asialink-Asia Society Australasia Centre about what can be done to improve food security across Asia and, in particular, what role the private sector can play in achieving that goal.
Swaminathan stated that new information communication technologies, or ICTs, primarily inform a farmer about incoming weather conditions and market dynamics, but they can also educate that farmer on effective pest control.
“Most of the ecologically sound practices are knowledge-intensive,” he said. “They are not chemical-intensive. They are not capital-intensive. But they are knowledge-intensive. You need the right information at the right time.”
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