India’s food security

As one who had lived through ,in the formative years,endemic food shortages I distinctly recall the long queues for buying ration wheat and sugar and rice especially during the Chinese war time.The shortages  dramatically disappeared by early 1970’s by which time the green revolution  had happened thanks to the increased wheat output resulting from the introduction of the Mexican dwarf variety.

The man who should be credited with this achivement is M.S.Swaminathan .Here is what Norman Borlaugh has said about Swaminathan:”The green revolution has been a team effort and much of the credit for its spectacular development must go to Indian officials, Organisations, Scientists and farmers. However, to you, Dr. Swaminathan, a great deal of the credit must go for first recognising the potential value of the Mexican dwarfs. Had this not occurred, it is quite possible that there would not have been a green revolution in Asia”

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