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President Pranab Mukherjee: Injudicious exploitation of earth system is leading to climate change and bio-diversity loss
Speaking at twenty-ninth convocation of Govind Ballabh Pant University of Agriculture and Technology on November 17, the President of India, Pranab Mukherjee said that the injudicious exploitation of the nature had already put the earth system at risk by leading to climate change and bio-diversity loss.

Lauding the role the university for its substantial and outstanding contributions in the areas of agricultural research and technology development, he added, "India is today a leading producer of rice and wheat and one of the largest exporters of these food items. The achievements would have been difficult without the support of our agricultural institutions of higher learning, and the sweat and toil of our agricultural scientists and farmers."

Mukherjee expressed his concern on decreasing land availability for agriculture coupled with a rising population as well as the deterioration in soil health and water quality  leading to reduction in agriculture productivity and lowered input use efficiency.

"The injudicious exploitation has already put the earth system at risk by leading to climate change and bio-diversity loss. We need new approaches to manage these risks. The climate is changing and is bound to change, but should it change so fast? What would be the increased water, energy and nutrient requirements? What strategy for mitigation and adaptation would be needed when more and more will have to be produced with less and less?" he pointed out.

He was of the view that since agriculture was the root of emergence, development and persistence of human civilization, therefore, the agricultural universities must become the focal points of agricultural growth and change in India.

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