(GIST OF YOJANA) Seawater Farming [MARCH-2018]

(GIST OF YOJANA) Seawater Farming


Seawater Farming

India has a shoreline of nearly 8000 kms and there is great opportunity for seawater farming as is done in the Kuttanad region of Kerala. Both crops and fisheries can be included in the seawater agroforestry system. Globally, 97 per cent of water is seawater and India should become a leader in demonstrating how seawater can be used for the cultivation of variety of crops. This will increase the income of coastal agriculture and also make them better prepared to face calamities like tsunami. The technologies for seawater farming and below sea level farming are available with M S Swaminathan Research Foundation which will undertake the task of training and capacity building in this area. The programme will include conservation of mangroves and other salt tolerant species. A genetic garden of halophytes has been established for this purpose.

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