ISSN (Print) - 0012-9976 | ISSN (Online) - 2349-8846

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Planning for Self-Sufficiency in Foodgrains

This is a study of India's immediate and longer-term food supply problems. The author does not consider it likely that population control will have a significant impact on population growth rates in India before 1985. If foodgrain self-sufficiency is to be attained, he estimates, foodgrain production will have to reach 113 million tons in 1971 and 136 million tons in 1976. Assuming an output of 87,4 million tons in 1967, self-sufficiency in 1971 will call for a rate of production increase of 6,8 per cent per year and self-sufficiency in 1976 for a rate of increase of 5 per cent, against the annual rate of increase of 2.4 per cent achieved over the past 14 years. With arable land increasing by only 0.44 per cent annually, even a 5 per cent per annum rate of growth of foodgrain output would require an increase in yield per hectare of 1.91 per cent per year.

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