Experts raise concerns at conference in India

870 million people globally, go hungry by 2050

Leading agronomists and representatives of private sector farming at a workshop in India's metropole Pune raised concern that by 2050 around 870 million people around the world would remain hungry if the agriculture sector lacks proper attention.

The agronomists and the representatives of farmers and agro- inputs producers gathered in the India's hub for agriculture research from November 25-27 for a three-day workshop, which was designed for journalists to draw attention to how to face the challenges of sustainably feeding the Asia-Pacific's growing population.

Journalists from Australia, Bangladesh, China, India, Japan and Vietnam participated in the APEC Media Workshop, sponsored by Switzerland-based crop protection company Syngenta.

"In order to feed the fast growing population, we need to continuously modernize our agriculture sector with integrating a newer version of technology," said Professor Swapan Kumar Datta, Deputy Director General (Crop Science) of Indian Council of Agricultural Research.

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