Agricultural Production and Climate Change: The Scope for Innovation in the Post-COVID 19 Scenario

The adverse effects of climatic changes on agriculture have always been an issue of global concern. In the post COVID-19 crisis scenario, such issue related to food security will gain more importance, particularly after the lockdown period which has disrupted many economic activities including agricultural production. This article focuses on some of the effects of climatic changes (changes in temperature, precipitation and CO2 levels) on agricultural production and their influence on various biological parameters related to agricultural yields. Along with scientific advances, proper planning and micro level road maps need to be developed to retain the beneficial effects of climatic changes (for example reduction of greenhouse gas emissions) resultant from the lockdown due to the crisis and to endorse sustainable means of agriculture for the future. Techniques like regenerative agriculture and crop rotation could gain renewed importance and the application of payment for ecosystem services (PES) approach to agricultural practices would allow the balanced co-existence of environment and anthropogenic activities as the human race re-orients itself to the altered situation in the post COVID-19 scenario.

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Dr. Aniruddha Banerji
Post Graduate Department of Biotechnology, St. Xavier’s College (Autonomous), Kolkata, 30 Mother Teresa Sarani, Kolkata 700016, West Bengal, India.

Dr. Pia Ghoshal
Department of Economics, St. Xavier’s College (Autonomous), Kolkata, 30 Mother Teresa Sarani, Kolkata 700016, West Bengal, India.

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