Remove policy hurdles to facilitate widespread use of GM crop technology: Scientists

Scientists at the 102nd Indian Science Congress here today called for removal of policy hurdles to facilitate widespread use of genetically modified (GM) crops technology.

hidden January 05, 2015 18:45:07 IST
Remove policy hurdles to facilitate widespread use of GM crop technology: Scientists

Mumbai: Scientists at the 102nd Indian Science Congress here today called for removal of policy hurdles to facilitate widespread use of genetically modified (GM) crops technology.

Remove policy hurdles to facilitate widespread use of GM crop technology Scientists

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Former Director General of Indian Council of Agricultural Research Rajendra Singh Paroda chaired the symposium on 'GM crops - The Use of Modern Biotechnology in Agriculture', where participants spoke of a burgeoning population and the need for GM crops to ensure food security.

It was, however, pointed out that due to failure of GM crops in Vidarbha and other parts of the country, farmers have turned to "desi" or indigenous varieties of crops.

Others said that an attempt has been made to spread misinformation about GM crops by using media and non-governmental organisations.

Paroda said GM crops should be encouraged on a scientific basis in the interests of farmers. He expressed displeasure over non-use of Bt brinjal despite successful trials.

Scientists said that The Biotechnology Regulatory Authority of India Bill, pending before Parliament, should be cleared quickly and until then, an ordinance must be promulgated.

Bryan Delaney of Global Industry Affairs and Regulatory, USA, who spoke on 'Safety Assessment of Intractable Proteins from Genetically Modified Crops' said that proteins play an important role in GM crops.

He informed the audience about the progress in Elisa test research in GM technology.

Deepak Pental of the Department of Genetics, of the University of Delhi spoke about research in India on GM crops.

While GM crop technology is being used all over the world, India imports edible oil worth Rs 60,000 crore per year. Misconceptions about GM crops should be removed and their use should be encouraged, he said.

PTI

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