Modi's Australia Visit: Big focus on R&D in agribiotech, biofuels

Besides the usual business discussions, the prime minister met the researchers to understand the technological advancements in agriculture and production of bio based fuels in Australia


PM Modi in Lab at QUT: Enhancing understanding of bio-technological processes to fortify bananas.

There must have been many Indian prime ministers who have visited Australia before. But this one by the current prime minister, Narendra Modi is surely a unique one, given the fact that from day one the focus was on research and development in agriculture.  

 "PM @narendramodi 1st engagement in Brisbane focussed on projects of bio-fuels, bio-fortification and agro-robotics," stated the ministry of external affairs spokesperson, Mr Syed Akbaruuddin. 

"Research is the mother of development," wrote PM Modi later in his message on the Agro-robot at Queensland University of Technology (QUT). Later in his speech at QUT, the prime minister stated, "Let us foster closer cooperation in skill development and education; and, research and development. Your Universities and Research Institutions have already contributed significantly to the growing science and technology relationship between India and Australia. This is particularly true for the collaboration between the two countries under the Australia-India Strategic Research Fund."

"I know that most of you are aware of the opportunities in India and have looked at the market. You will begin to find a difference in India. They will no longer have to reach those opportunities through uncertain and unpredictable pathways, crossing hurdles along the way. You will not only be able to convert opportunities into partnerships, you will do it in an environment that is welcoming and easy to do business in," said Modi. 

It will be interesting to know what the plan of action will be by the Modi government on the biotechnology regulations bill that is pending, besides the genetically modified crops, in the next few months. Whether or not the prime minister overrules the objections, will be closely watched as he is percieved to be technology supporter and business friendly in his approach. 

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Geetaa Singh 19 November 2014 at 01:20 PM

It was exciting to know that our PM is appreciating the agri-biotech and bio-fuels R&D. In India, Agri-biotech, specially plant tissue culture of large number of commercial crops which can be harnessed to increase productivity has to be focused. The industry needs lot of government support to translate this technology to Industry. The major support required is in power tariff and easy availability of certain unavoidable chemicals like ammonium nitrate. Plant Tissue Culture is one and only division of Biotechnology which is fostering skill development and education; along with advanced research and development aspects. The agri-biotech in the arena of Biofuels and the end products/byproducts will certainly support skill development, rural employment, improve environment. It will have a profound impact on Indian economy, reduce import bill burden of petroleum products; while it can also have the privilege of distinguishing our products as “MADE IN INDIA” and “USE IN INDIA” as it suits to the current motto of “MAKE IN INDIA”. Trust his close aides will advise him suitably to look into these lines and provide R & D funds, frame policies favouring small and medium industries like us who are toiling from decades in this business. Geetaa Singh ( Labland Biotech Private Limited, Mysore


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