Updated on 8 May 2013
One fails to understand that why we can't give benefit to our farmers. There are tremendous number of opportunities that are available in the agri-biotech sector. Within the next 2-3 years, the golden rice project by Indian Agricultural Research Institute will reach its final stage and must be provided approval on priority. Another case is that of hybrid mustard of Dr Deepak Pental of Delhi University.
Given the huge issues related to the malnutrition in India, we have to look at all the technologies that can save our children as saviors. Among the other opportunity areas, GM canola that has been cultivated freely by Australia and also the other crops that are even being taken up by the small countries such as Sudan. For example the edible crops such as soyabean and mustard can be cultivated at the small scale yet with huge crop potential if allowed by the regulators. We cannot ignore the great benefits offered by these technologies just because few of us have unfounded unsubstantiated fears.
The next decade has to be dedicated to the agricultural technologies that can feed millions and secure our food security. Therefore the outdated regulations have no place in today's competitive world and timely rethink is a must. We have to learn to adopt and change for the betterment and overall good of the society.