The second day of the 16th edition of Bangalore India BIO was dotted with thought provoking sessions with key influencers from the industry. The day was dedicated to deliberations on Agribiotechnology that explored the nuances of Food, Feed, Fuel & Fiber Security, Biofuels, and included sessions on Biotechnology in healthcare such as Regenerative Medicine, Internet of Things, and Synthetic Biology.
The keynote speech during the inaugural was made by the Guest of Honour- Smt. Matia Chowdhury, Hon. Minister of Agriculture, Peoples Republic of Bangladesh and was attended by progressive farmers who travelled to be part of the on-going discussion.
Lauding the efforts of the State Government, Smt. Matia Chowdhury iterated that "The Government of Karnataka has played a key role in the development of biotech in the state. In Bangladesh, agriculture plays an important role in minimizing hunger and removing poverty. The lands are sinking at an alarming rate due to urbanization, natural disasters and the huge and increasing population. We have to follow science and technology which will improve standards of living. The opportunities in biotech are enormous and multi-faceted. Bangladesh's growth in biotech is largely based on research and collaborations with a university. The revolution was started with Hybrid and GM varieties of crops. BT brinjal was introduced as pesticides on this crops are found to be more than 100% compared to others. Farmers are self-sufficient and don't rely on seed companies. Biotech ensures food security, health & nutrition, livelihood improvement, conservation of environment and poverty alleviation"
She concluded the keynote saying "Last part of the 20th century has seen info technology, communication technology and biotechnology. We will conserve the nature but not be conservative".
Chief Guest, Krishna Byre Gowda, Hon'ble Minister of Agriculture for State, Government of Karnataka in his speech said "In the last few years the Government of Karnataka has tied up with consortiums and has also signed MOUs where Karnataka will fund research and development of drought and disease resistant crops. The state is also funding non-GM biotech research on Ragi, jowar, groundnut etc. He emphasized on the need for private and public collaborations for growth and development of biotechnology. Democracy should not be reason for not debating meaningfully on Biotech, rather it should facilitate the debate. ".