With India’s population set to touch 140 crore-145 crore by 2020, it has to constantly strive to raise its foodgrains production to achieve food security, said A.K. Kumaraguru, Vice-Chancellor of Manonmaniam Sundaranar University, Tirunelveli.

He was speaking at National Science Day celebrations held at Annamalai University, Chidambaram, on Thursday.

Mr. Kumaraguru pointed out that owing to Green Revolution, acreage and foodgrains production had gone up from 122 million hectares and 197 million tonnes in 2000-2001 to 126 million hectares and 257 million tonnes now.

However, there was no room for complacency as there would be phenomenal growth in population, and above all, most of the population would be young.

World Health Organisation had defined three facets of food security: food availability, food access and food use. Food availability pertained to having sufficient quantity of food on a consistent basis. Food access meant that the country should have adequate resources of food for nutritious and dietary requirements.

Food use was related to appropriate knowledge on basic nutrition and care, as well as adequate water and sanitation.

Mr. Kumaraguru noted that from ancient days, Indians had nourished scientific temper and it was borne by the Vedic and ‘puranic’ references.

To attain the pre-eminent glory of the country, the younger generation should have to imbibe scientific temper, Mr. Kumaraguru said.