Water scarcity is something which will acquire even greater proportions in the days to come. The government of Himachal Pradesh has reportedly asked ONGC to scan for the mythical Saraswathi river to see if it could tap underground water sources to quench the thirst of its teeming millions.
Then there are the doomsday picture of the world submerged as early as 2050 – and severe resource crunch around the world.
Then again there is the spiraling of food prices and the evolution of food and commodity procurement (in India).
Okay now moving on to the smile stories – away from the sob stories above.
The days of the agriculturist going to the towns/cities to market his produce at discounted prices seem to be over. The retailer is going directly to the farmer to get the produce and sell it for a reasonable price. This seems to be the evolving model and it could possibly take another 10 years before it gets firmly entrenched. There is also a trend towards organic farm produce as opposed to the usual farm produce. These are healthy signs of agriculture taking on a financially healthy profession.
Positive stories or negative stories – the world is changing so fast around us – that it gets scary at times.