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During the past century through food and energy production, human activities have altered the world's nitrogen cycle by accelerating the rate of reactive nitrogen creation. India has made impressive strides in the agricultural front, in which N fertilizer plays a major role.

Safe and sufficient food production is an important issue in India. Development of improved varieties by modern plant breeding is crucial. Nowadays, GM (genetically modified) varieties are emerging as a strong tool and promise.

FPJ investigations revealed that a major part of the saplings and trees have found its way to the farm house owned by a former municipal commissioner The Mira-Bhayandar Municipal Corporation (MBMC) lived to its reputation of being one of the most corrupt civic bodies in the state after yet another major scam stumbled out of its closets. This one being from its Tree Authority (TA).

Sir, Your editorial "Time for a second green revolution' (June 3) calls for a range of strategies to boost crop yields obtained under diverse conditions. Crucial are the implications for sub-Saharan Africa. The continent's highly varied eco-agricultural zones imply that Africa cannot just replicate Asia's transformation of the 1960s and 70s.

The recent surge in world food prices is already creating havoc in poor countries, and worse is to come. Food riots are spreading across Africa, though many are unreported in the international press. Moreover, the surge in wheat, maize and rice prices seen on commodities markets have not yet fully percolated into the shops and stalls of the poor countries or the budgets of relief organizations. Nor has the budget crunch facing relief organizations such as the World Food Program, which must buy food in world markets, been fully felt.

President Pratibha Devisingh Patil today accentuated the need to undertake the "second Green Revolution that will enhance agriculture productivity as also adopt new technologies for the optimum utilization of agricultural produce" so as to take on the urgent challenge of our times food crisis.

A second green revolution must be undertaken to enhance agriculture productivity, President Pratibha Devisingh Patil has said.

After making clear that India will not tolerate any misadventure at her borders President Pratibha Patil today stressed upon the need of starting another green revolution in the country in the backdrop of the increasing gap between the demand and supply of foodgrains. Addressing the second convocation of the Sher-e-Kashmir University of Agricultural Sciences and Technology (SKUAST), Jammu, the President recalled India's first green revolution in 1960, when the country's import had reached to an alarming proportion.