Either feed world or make india more healthy

Some facts :
1. Food grain production
1960 : 120 mill. ton
1999 : 210 mill. ton
2009 : 234 mill. ton

2. Food self-sufficiency was achieved by 1984.

I read that India loses 40m tonnes of fruits & veg &21m tonnes of wheat a year to poor storage & distribution.We waste more wheat every year to storage & distribution losses than Australia grows! Real need for pvt sector to move into grain storage.
It is sad that still in our country a few unlucky one did not get the basic minimum food intake.

I see four solution :
This initiative could be three fold:

a) Use technology in storage area and together with newer cultivation techniques.
b) Water management with harvesting excess Monsoon rainwater in the North and transporting it to the parched West and South.
c) Ensuring a better return to the farmers.
d) Impowerment of farmers and need of former supportive system.

Problem Description( related to storage ):

Food system perspective:
We have 11 food crops namely wheat, rice, barley, maize, bulrush millet, big millet, pigeon pea, urd (black gram), mung bean (green gram), lentil and gram.The losses in 11 food crops and the agents+insects responsible for these losses were studied in sandy, sandy loam, clayey loam, loamy and clayey zones in western Uttar Pradesh, India.

It is shown that the average loss during the post-harvest operations of cutting, drying, threshing, winnowing and transportation is about 3%.

The average loss during storage is 5.45%.A distinction is made between the various storage methods such as jute bags, metal bins and traditional structures known as pucci kothia (masonry bin), kucchi kothia (mud bin), kuthla, bakhari, burgi and addaw.

Insect and Agent Monitoring in food grain stores (warehouses) with traps has to be imroved.Even in well maintained warehouses there is an overall storage loss of 0.41 per cent of food grain stocks. Technology can play an important role in this area.
Rats and weevils are the main agents, followed by other rodents, other insects and fungi. Losses are generally higher in areas with clayey and clayey loam soils. Average losses of rice are lower than those of wheat.


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