A senior agriculture scientist said that due to increasing population, reducing water and land reserves and swiftly escalating food prices, Indaia requires progressive technologies to improve the farm productivity and attain food safety.
Mr. R.K.Paroda, an ex-secretary of DARE (Department of Agricultural Research And Education) said that the Indian population is increasing every year by fifteen million and by the year 2020, the production of food grain should be increased from the present 235 million tonne output to 285 million output. Paroda said this at an interface, arranged by APCoAB (Asia-Pacific Consortium on Agricultural Biotechnology) and TAAS (Trust for Advancement of Agricultural Sciences).
He further said, that nevertheless, for the last 7 years, the farm production’s growth has been about 2% and the present scenario require to attain the growth by 4% to handle the rising demand.
Swapan Kumar Dutta, the Deputy Director of DARE (Crop Science) said that the GM (Genetically modified) technology is an internationally acknowledged method to enhance output, sustainability, and profitability of farm manufacture methods as well as little farm fortunes.
Briefing on Dutta’s declaration, Mr. CD Mayee, the Chairman of ACRB (Agricultural Scientists Recruitment Board) said an instance to adopt is the sowing region of BT cotton, has touched 9.4 million hectares, approximately eleven million hectares in cotton in the nation.
Mr.Mayee, while addressing the interface of stakeholders on GM food crops that as GM crop’s farm level agriculture started in 1996. The universal region under GM crops in the year 2001 ahs touched 148 million hectares, .with twenty nine nations growing them.
Mr.Mayee added the GM crops like cotton, tomato ,papaya, and sweet potato are cultivated in more hen 3.5million hectares, and maize ,GM rice has been given endorsement.
Mentioning, over the national wide protest on BT and GM crops, Mayaee that people should be made aware of the technology.
He said that India must offer facilitating surroundings for the breeding of GM seeds and a system of single window to test the seeds.