Scientists be allowed to work to reduce agri input cost

Nitin Gadkari, Minister of Road Transport and Highways; Shipping, stressed the need for looking into how the farm production can be increased using biotechnology

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Famers are facing serious trouble over rising input costs of agriculture and all scientists are of the opinion that it should be reduced. It could be reduced with the help of indigenous science. But for that scientists should be allowed to work, to conduct free trials, according to Dr CD Mayee, chairman, Advisory Council- Agrovision.

He was giving his concluding remarks in an expert panel discussion on ‘Modern Tools for Crop Productivity Improvement and Environmental Concerns' organised as a part of the 6th Agrovision that is going on in Nagpur.

In his opening remarks, mr itin Gadkari, chief patron, Agrovision; Minister of Road Transport and Highways; Shipping, stressed the need for looking into how the farm production can be increased using biotechnology. If the oilseeds production is increased by using genetic science it would save large amount of foreign currency, he added.

Earlier in his presentation, Dr Mayee said 65 percent of the Indian agriculture is rainfed. He said Indian scientists have potential of solving agriculture related problems. He quoted an example of how a scientist was trying hard to get permissions for trials of GM seeds. Can guidelines be formed for environmental and health tests, he asked.

Dr Swapan Datta, deputy director general (Seeds), ICAR, said it was a wrong notion that GM crop is narrowing down biodiversity. It is, in fact enriching biodiversity. He also emphasized on investing a lot in genetic diversity and suggested that there should be clear vision on policy. Agriculture has to go to next phase it could not remain in nostalgia, he added.

 

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