Starvation in spite of enough food production in India.
August 4, 2012 12:23pm CST
Initially, India did not produce enough food. Hence a substantial part of our population used to starve. Things have changed. We now produce enough food but yet a part of our population starve, the number of such sufferers may have been reduced to a great extent compared to the past. The main reason behind this is that we are unable to store the food we produce properly resulting in such a sort of artificial starvation. The stored food grains have been either rotting or eaten by rodents on account of poor storage facilities. Is the government deaf and dumb to the cries of those unfortunate starving for days and hoping for better days to come in their life and hence is not serious about stocking food grains safely?
7 Aug 12
yes. India doesn't have enough storage facilities. wheat is getting rotten in the open field on account of heat, rain and snow. Supreme Court suggested distributing them free to starving people. Somehow this did not find favour with the government. I am of the view that food can be better distributed to needy--but ultimately what will happen is --if food is given free--it will go into the hands of moneyed people who will buy hoard and sell at higher prices. that is why government is not releasing it free. Kalighat Kali Mata should only guide us properly in this regard.
• United States
7 Aug 12
There are people that are starving all over the world, despite the fact that there really is enough food to feed all of the people. In the United States, it is said that one in three children are hungry. This is really a sad thing because of the fact that food is expensive and that does mean that there are people that are not able to meet their eating needs. I would have to believe that this is something that is true all over the first world. Of course the problems are even greater in third world countries.
6 Aug 12
Hello didi, yes this is a very serious and heartbreaking problem that we face, thousands of tonnes of good food grains rotting in gutters while millions of poor people going to sleep hungry every night. The problem is lack of empathy and inability to take any action to secure these grains in a proper hygienic dry storage places. Ultimately, the root cause is corruption because if they built so desperately needed warehouses, then they won't have any black money to line their mattresses and fill their false ceilings!!
5 Aug 12
I agree ..with increase in population and agricultural production, storage facilities need to be increased and organized. Food stuffs are perishable items. When new rice is sent to the store, old rice must be pulled out because prolonged storage may bring insects and other problems. Measures should be taken to ensure that rodents dont get free meals.
5 Aug 12
Actually, the government is blind enough for corruption that the have no idea what other things a govt. needs to do for the people. This invisible preaching goes even to small parties(such as my college correspondants), who waste tons of food/week in the mess/canteens the have provided for us. I hope this changes while I still live.