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- In the intro, mention that India’s agri-export touched $41.8 billion in FY 2020-21 registering a growth of 18%.
- In the body, mention two major concerns with the export of sugar and rice both crops are water-intensive which is one of the major problems as India faces the scarcity of water and both crops are heavily subsidised which reduces their sustainability over a long time. In the suggestions mention adoption of farming practices such as alternate wetting drying (AWD), direct-seeded rice (DSR) and micro-irrigation, crop-diversification, procurement of rice for PDS only, incentivising farmers to save water etc.
- Conclude by mentioning the implementation of these steps to ensure sustainability.