It was July 11th, 1987 when the world population hit 5 billion that the day began to be commemorated as World Population Day. Over the last three decades, the population has increased by more than 50% to reach a massive 7.3 billion in 2018, with India alone bearing almost one-fifth of this population as the second most populated country in the world.
It is projected, by 2050 the world will have a total of nine billion mouths to feed. To meet this ever-increasing demand, the world needs to produce an additional billion tonnes of cereal annually. However, as the expanding population and industrialization grip our planet, the earth has lost almost one-third of its arable land in the last 40 years – this will have a disastrous effect to produce the adequate food grains to feed the world.
As climate changes, deforestation and urban encroachment continue to make the arable land scarce, the need of the hour is to produce food grains using sustainable agricultural practices. Modern agricultural tools and technologies will help in growing crops that preserve our precious natural resources while maintaining the nutrition and quality of the food grains
Corn being one of the primary crops, let us explore how we can increase its yields through innovations in agriculture helping our farmers to progress and prosper. The bountiful harvests from corn are not limited to our growing demands for food; it will continue to help the nation flourish in a sustainable manner.
The onset of the Corn Revolution
The Noble Laureate, Dr. Norman E. Borlaug believed that after the revolution in rice and wheat production, the next few decades will be known as ‘The Maize Era.’
India’s current corn productivity is still far below the world average. Hence, it is imperative that efforts are immediately required to vitalize the production technologies for corn.
Ram Murti Sirohi, South Asia Product Manager – Monsanto, says, “Available modern tools and technologies in agriculture like molecular breeding, agronomics and plant biotechnology are being applied globally to further improve plants that hold significant economic and agricultural importance.”
How Technology can help promote more sustainable crop production?
Sirohi further concludes – “Increased yield either can come through the introduction of new high yielding hybrids using innovative technological tools or through saving losses caused by pests. India has the potential to double its yields with available technologies and we can all collaborate to help farmers achieve the potential yields with the help of new technologies.”
As the population expands, the onus lies on the agriculture sector to keep up with growing demands and invest in sustainable technologies and practices that will not exploit the environment.