India for SAARC Cooperation on Agriculture
South Asia is one of the most sensitive regions with regard to impact of climate change, India said today and called for SAARC countries to cooperate in addressing its impact on the farm sector. India also said farmers in the region are fighting against economic disparity and instability, and SAARC countries should work jointly for the betterment of farmers and agriculture sector.
Addressing the third meeting of agriculture ministers of SAARC countries, Agriculture Minister Radha Mohan Singh said, "Climate change is a real episode. Most likely, it can inflict tremendous losses in a number of cases." South Asia is one of the most sensitive regions to the consequences of climate change and therefore "we are required to work together to find out the pests and diseases which are affecting crops and animals", he said in a statement.
Highlighting the achievements of green revolution in India, the minister said although farm yields have risen, there are still many more challenges. These challenges are: deficiency of nutrients in soil, problem of weeds, enhancement of diseases and pests, soil absorbed with sodium, degradation of ground water level among others, he added.