The water resources minister also said though the Centre's decision to offer minimum support price (MSP) for the kharif crops equivalent to 1.5 times the input cost was a "very difficult task", the NDA government was committed to implementing it.
Gadkari was speaking at the inauguration of a three-day seminar on "International Consultation on Water: Augmentation of Supply and Management of Demand" organised by the M S Swaminathan Research Foundation here.
"...Today water is not a problem, but its management is. The problem is about agriculture cost too. We have to change the cropping pattern," he said underscoring various projects of the water resources ministry for conservation and management of the natural resources.
"We do not have godowns to store the surplus. And 70 per cent of edible oil is imported and per acre production in soya bean is not very good... we need to find out some innovative policies for crop patterns considering the global economy," Gadkari added.
Gadkari along with Karnataka agriculture minister N H Shivashankar Reddy also took part in the 92nd birthday celebrations of agricultural scientist M S Swaminathan, held on the sidelines of the seminar.
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