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Pranab sees need for second green revolution

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KOLKATA: Union Finance Minister Pranab Mukherjee reiterated here on Friday the need for a second green revolution to ensure food security.

If agricultural productivity in the eastern States could be doubled it would go a long way in meeting the nation's requirements.

“The first green revolution was confined to three or four States – Punjab Haryana and the Godavari-Kaveri belt. The endeavour now will be to extend the green revolution to wider areas,” said Mr. Mukherjee.

400-crore allocation

An allocation of Rs. 400-crore was made “to extend the green revolution to the eastern region that comprises Bihar, Chattisgarh, Jharkhand, eastern Uttar Pradesh, West Bengal and Orissa.”

“Merely 1,000 to 1,200 kg of food grains is produced a hectare in West Bengal, whereas nearly 4,000 kg is produced in Punjab,” Mr. Mukherjee said.

For food security it will have to be ensured that fertile land was not utilised for non-agricultural purposes.

Mr. Mukherjee was speaking at a function where a memorandum of understanding (MoU) was signed for beautification of the riverfront in the city by officials of the Kolkata Port Trust, the Railway Ministry and the Kolkata Municipal Corporation.

All the three signatories to the MoU are headed by leaders belonging to the Trinamool Congress.

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