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Secularism and anti-Hinduism A yen for wastage… A friendly business group Remembering Indira Sivasailam... The sea- saw battle continues... Pharma – overdose of copying Why land prices zoom in TN? …and of a popular trade leader WTO Meet: resolved to meet again Welcome GST IAS invades NDDB... Moily’s bold thrust TN accounts for the largest recruits by the IT sector Godspeed, Chief Minister JJ Revive development banks... Engineering seats go abegging TN – agglomerate land holdings without alienating ownership Why this malaise in medical education? Increasing non co-operation of state leaders SoA @ 80 Bihar elections - the Rajaji formula worked Padma Bhushan for A Ramakrishna TN-leverage strength of BHEL, NLC... A Grand Finale for SN’s MS centenary at the US… Welcome thrust on trade in Modi’s foreign visits... Kulandai was a giant Fuel for thought The star of Spencers is no more More Shakti to resource mobilisation... Fortune 500 review The nuclear option Road development slows down Tatas moving out of urea production... L&T: focus on infrastructure and more infrastructure… Bihar – Nitish Kumar adopts the Lalu model Poor quality of university VCs Fall in crude prices help in oil sector reform Alexa – Talking Wikipedia ONGC at KG Basin Waning interest in public discussions… Tribute The ‘Ayyo-yes’ is no more Plummeting profits of PSBs Fortune for Indian Airlines When the President was rendered homeless… No engine for this car Revving up the manufacturing sector Rahman at CIC EVM is tamper-proof Welcome changes that testify to Jayalalithaa’s return to health Solar, solar everywhere … Delhi is distant He saved millions from starvation... Nuclear power at the nucleus When online building permits work…. 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GM Technology at last!

Union Environment Minister Prakash Javadekar announced in the Rajya Sabha, government’s decision to permit research and field trials in genetically modified seed technology. IE has been advocating this and even organised a national level seminar in which it presented several scientists, policymakers and business leaders.

The new policy permits research in a dozen crops including cotton, rice, castor, wheat, maize, groundnut, potato, sorghum, brinjal, mustard, sugarcane and chickpea. Leading scientists like Dr G Padmanabhan of Indian Institute of Science, have been urging freedom for scientists’ to research on GM technology. Unfortunately, this got struck when the previous Union minister Jairam Ramesh first announced field trials, but retracted on opposition from powerful lobbies in 2009.

This technology has been widely practised in several countries including the USA, Brazil and China to great effect. Corn output in the US, based on this technology, helps reap 10,000 kg per acre; the average in India is around 800 kg per acre. Such quantum jumps have been achieved in regard to soybean, cotton, tomato… Israel harvests around 200 tonnes of tomato per acre (the average in India is 5 tonnes).

There is the urgent need to improve agri productivity in the context of shrinking land for cultivation and expanding population. Over the next 35 years, global population is expected to increase from the present 700 crore to 900 crore. At current rates, growth in food production will not keep pace with the needs of this large number. The comfort enjoyed for centuries of bringing large acres from forests and grazing lands under cultivation is no longer possible due to limitations of available landing and concerns on environment. Even existing arable lands are used for housing, infrastructure development, factories, and educational institutions. Just look at the transformation of the landscape from Delhi to Gurgaon-Manesar in Haryana or Thanjavur to Tiruchi in Tamil Nadu over the last 30 years: vast farm lands have just vanished! The rate of urbanisation needs to be slowed down. This can happen only when agriculture productivity makes quantum jumps and rural India becomes prosperous and more liveable. With better road connectivity and massive growth in telecom, rural areas have better access. The missing link is a prosperous agriculture. This will be possible by taking recourse to land agglomeration, science, technology and management. GM technology can help in this.

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