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Streamlining mandatory third party cover Protest masters... A professional at the helm of IRDA... Maximising the micro pricing … The why of tax incentives Modi and the lady Shaming of Tamils by Tamil farmers at Delhi CIPET hqrs to stay at Guindy – for the present? Fortune for Indian Airlines Contrarian cousins Inflation: are we emulating Argentina and Brazil? Plummeting profits of PSBs For whom the MIDS bell tolls? Tatas moving out of urea production... Quality education through the PPP mode Demise of a media baron... Why land prices zoom in TN? …and of a popular trade leader A yen for wastage… Naidu will soon build a new Hyderabad Lalu’s envy, India’s pride Gas is the way forward Things happen by accident and not by design... S V Raju – a ‘good’ true liberal Shale gas and its shallow future Revving up the manufacturing sector Wanted: a second airport for Chennai The power-full Hindujas He saved millions from starvation... 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IPL type auction for VCs? Readers' Mail Colour-Chem’s colourful KRVS Varuna (rain) in 2015; Vaayu (air) in 2016. Chennai devastated Intellectual of rare qualities West Bengal: mindless malignancy Rs.1600 crore paper board plant of TNPL Solar thermal shines… Convulsions in The Hindu Russi Mody – a tribute Air Asia India will set new benchmarks for budget travel Cement prices continue to rise… Five star activism stalls development activity The rise and fall of Annamalai University The Gulf aviation boom MHC should not return to its old indisciplined ways Preserving for the future PC’s preference for professionals A Grand Finale for SN’s MS centenary at the US… Whistle-Stop Tour of Raghuram Rajan Wise Presidents Adharma of opposition politics More Shakti to resource mobilisation... 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Engineering seats go abegging Modi storms Silicon Valley Airlines in India: cost and space A glass full of corruption An enemy’s enemy is a friend IPL - no surprise this scam The star of Spencers is no more Focus on quality of power - its only around 170-180V Nuclear power at the nucleus Fuel for thought A friendly business group Delhi is distant… Cutting the nose to spite the face There was flood of milk. Reason: no milk commissioner! Land reclamation from sea appears cheaper! Naidu’s return augurs well for Seemandhra Adapt Vajpayee dinner diplomacy TIAM turns a full cycle CRS, a jewel among managers, is no more. SoA @ 80 The ‘Ayyo-yes’ is no more Roaring Ro-Ro facility Tribute – Manikam Ramaswami Bihar elections - the Rajaji formula worked A proud Madrasi Haul over the coal Where is Rajaji? Sri Lanka votes for change Telangana in top gear… Funding the un-funded Building loyalty through the stomach Silver Years of Madras Musings Tax agriculture
 
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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