Crop diversification and hybrid seed solutions practised and developed by DuPont Pioneer help farmers in Andhra Pradesh and Punjab to overcome the challenge of water shortage.
DuPont Pioneer has introduced solutions towards agricultural production that help overcome the issue of water shortage through innovations such as high yielding seeds and crop agronomical practices like crop diversification.
Agriculture is India’s largest consumer of water. According to World Bank, an estimated 114 million Indians will soon face domestic, agricultural and industrial water shortages. In fact, China and India, home to one-third of the world’s population, have less than 10 percent of the world’s fresh water. Hence, water scarcity has a critical impact on agricultural productivity and thus food security.
DuPont recognises these challenges and is addressing them through a variety of new technologies and innovative agricultural practices. For example, in Andhra Pradesh, DuPont has introduced a new type of hybrid corn that requires less water and can thrive within the state’s changing climactic conditions. DuPont also worked with Punjab government to introduce crop diversification on growing diversified crop varieties like corn and rice to reducing water usage considerably. In both the states, DuPont took a well-rounded approach of creating awareness, holding crop seminars, distributing seeds and providing right agronomic services in these states. These efforts have helped farmers to maximise their yields and have sustained income through the year, without draining valuable water resources.
“There is an urgent need to reduce water use in agriculture by developing new technologies that will help secure and enhance yields for the farmers. The combination of changes in grower practices, increased availability of drought tolerant seeds, crop protection and crop diversification as well as improved farmer education will increase not only yields but also reduce pressure on natural resources.” said Sharad Khurana, Business Leader, DuPont Pioneer.