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“Irrespective of the outcome of international negotiations on climatic change, agriculture has to become more competitive, efficient, profitable, and develop mechanisms to reduce its vulnerability,” said Pawar.
Pawar said farmers, scientists and policy makers should address these issues in totality and develop strategies to increase adaptive capacity. He said the country had addressed climatic extremes such as drought by establishing buffer food stocks, strengthening irrigation infrastructure, and developing agricultural insurance schemes.
Now, he said, there was a need to put more emphasis on “anticipatory adaptation measures, especially ‘no-regret’ adaptation strategies” to attain development goals even if there is no climatic change or its magnitude is different from current projections.