India can feed half of the world, if quality of production goes up
somewhere near to the best, Manipal Global Education Services
chairman Mohan Das pai said Saturday.
"India can feed half of the world if productivity can move up to
near best in class," said Pai, adding that productivity was the
problem, not land and labour.
Speaking about the disguised unemployment in the agriculture
sector country wide, he said: "You don't require so many people to
grow the miserly amount of food that you grow. We have to migrate
people from agriculture to industry" following what China did 20
Pai attributed most of the problems faced by India to the
expanding gap between the growth rate of primary sector and the
secondary and tertiary sector.
"...the divergence of 8-10 percent (industry & service) and 3
percent (agriculture) is so enormous that the gap is becoming
extremely visible, that's what is hurting India's politics,
creating anger in eastern India, the Maoist problem and all kind
of problems...", said Pai, a former CFO of Infosys.
"We have to improve our industrial sector. It is only industry
that can absorb a large number of people, so we have to reorient
strategy in India."