Scientists concern over impact of climate change on Indian agriculture

SHIMLA- Scientists and researchers struck a note of concern over the projected impact of climate change on Indian agriculture, especially coastal agriculture, and livestock at the just-concluded international conference on Bio-resource and Stress Management here.

D. Raji Reddy, Director of Research at Professor Jayashankar Telangana State Agricultural University, says that increase in temperature due to global warming may fall to 58 million tonnes by 2070 from 76 million tonnes in 2000. “Similarly, decrease in apple yield is observed in Himachal Pradesh due to lower cold periods. Also simulated yield of rice under changed climate scenarios indicate decrease in yield by 9.7 and 18.4 per cent with increase in maximum and minimum temperature by one degree C and two degrees,” he pointed out. ~ The Hindu

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