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The Green Revolution

India’s self-sufficiency in food and many sectors of agriculture owes to the Green Revolution that Indira Gandhi mentored. Encouraging Indian scientists to collaborate with their international counterparts, her policies resulted in Indian farmers taking to the new varieties with great enthusiasm. This required bold political leadership and far-sightedness, which she provided from the very start of her first term as Prime Minister in 1966. As a result of her programmes, over the years India converted an acute dependency on imported food and agricultural products to becoming an exporter of many agricultural products.