Friday, 8 July 2011

Harvest problems in India - the real world vs the alarmist dream world

Flashback January 2011:

WASHINGTON: The Earth will be 2.4 degree Celsius warmer by 2020 if the world continues with the business-as-usual approach to climate change and India would be one of the hardest hit countries witnessing upto 30 per cent reduction in crop yields, a new study has claimed.
The rising temperatures will adversely affect the world’s food production and India would be the hardest hit, according to the analysis by the Universal Ecological Fund (FEU-US), the US subsidiary of FEU founded in Argentina in 1990.
The report titled ‘The Food Gap -- The Impacts of Climate Change on Food Production: A 2020 Perspective’ predicted that crop yield in India, the second largest world producer of rice and wheat, would fall up to 30 per cent by the end of this decade.

While the global warming hoax establishment continues its scaremongering about the huge reductions of India´s crop yields, the situation in the real world of Indian agriculture is somewhat different - and sad (but not in the way the warmists maintain):

In a country where millions go hungry every day and where food prices are breaking the back of the common man, a bumper harvest is rotting in godowns. Headlines Today correspondents across the country found the shocking truth.

Instead of trying to solve the problem, the government plans to increase procurement and has also disallowed exports to meet the projected requirement of grain under the proposed
Food Security Act

Estimates are that foodgrain production including wheat, rice, pulses and coarse cereals will go up to a record 235.88 million tonnes this year compared to the earlier record of 234.47 million tonnes in 2008-09.

Hundreds of tonnes of wheat and rice are rotting in godowns across the nation - the reason being there is simply no space. So, while paddy sacks are dumped inside classrooms in Andhra Pradesh, wheat is left to rot on the roadside in Kurkshetra and sacks can be seen lining up parking lots of residential areas in the fertile wheat belt of Punjab and Haryana.

The current storage capacity is 62.8 million tonnes, which is proving inadequate. India had record rice and wheat stocks of 65.6 million tonnes in its godowns in early June. Officials say the problem will only get worse after the kharif harvest arrives by September-October.

Read the entire article here

Would it be too much to ask that a miniscule amount of the enormous EU "climate change" aid would be converted to support for building adequate storage facilities for bumper harvests in India!

I am afraid that is wishful thinking. The EU global warming believers live in their own dream world - all messages from the real world are immediately removed from their sight.

1 comment:

Mervyn Sullivan said...

Thank you for pointing out this issue. I doubt that any of the $100 billion a year Green Fund will be allocated to projects, like building proper food storage facilities that could eliminate such a debacle.

The UN will be too busy spending the Green Fund on the 1,000 new bureaucracies to be created in developing countries, and employing an army of thousands of bureaucrats who will be administering the millions of dollars that may be left on selected green projects.

There might be a little money left to save the polar bears... to provide a solar panel or two for the odd medical clinic in places like remote central Kenya. But I don't think any money will be available for a worthwhile project that could ensure a food supply thereby preventing many from suffering the scourge of high food prices or even needless hunger.