Mohanbhai Kalayanjibhai Kundariya, Minister of State (Agriculture) addressing the 4th CII National Conference on Agri Biotechnology at New Delhi said, “Our Government is committed to work with industry leaders to bring about a revolution in the agricultural sector in India.”
He further added that the role of private players is extremely important in bringing quality and affordable food to our growing population and that the government would work to provide better crop prices to farmers, remove trade barriers and support technologies that are environment friendly. Stressing on the importance of producing more from the available land and water, he said, “Technology, like agri-biotechnology, if used intelligently will play an important role in improving our agricultural output, especially in the light of our limited land and water resources which are reducing day by day.
The Opening session of the conference was presided by welcome and introductory remarks given by Ashwin Shroff, Co-Chairman, CII National Conference on Biotechnology & Chairman and MD, Excel Industries, “Last century belonged to India because of IT and this century will belong to India because of Biotechnology”. He further said potential of biotechnology is often curbed by the pulls and pressures of the myths associated with it due to which opportunities are missed.
Rajesh Kumar Singh, Joint Secretary (Seeds), Ministry of Agriculture and Cooperation, Government of India in his address said there needs to be a harmony in the new seeds bill to bring about positive change. He also added that integration of biotech to farming can revolutionize India. He further added that GM momentum is lost and it needs to be introduced in other areas of technology.
Ram Kaundinya, Director General, ABLE-AG stressed upon proper infrastructure and support to innovation and technology. He mentioned that there is a need to educate and aware all stakeholders about the evolving technologies.
The need to constantly and effectively communicate the responsible and safe use of biotechnology by government agencies, academia and the private players was emphasised.