The marginal farmers in India comprise 80% of the total farming population but they own only 20% of the total arable land. This was highlighted by vice-chancellor, Haryana Agricultural University, KS Khokhar, while talking to newspersons here on Friday.
"We need a sustainable agricultural model. There should be a national water pool on the pattern of national power grid. Some parts are flooded while others face drought. By connecting the rivers, the farmers would get needed irrigation round the year," he said.
Khokhar said the country required another green revolution, which was possible through mechanised
Farming and breakthrough biotechnology and genetic research. "Government need to provide farmers subsidy on farm implements and machines.
Diversification from wheat and rice to pulses, fruits, fisheries and poultry etc is need of the hour. We are getting 40% grain production from 65% rain-fed areas. Here lies the scope for increasing the yield and the production," he said.
Khokhar underlined the need to increase the agricultural budget.