Updated on 19 March 2014
In Asia, India and China are two major biotech crop nations. India is the leader in cultivating biotech cotton crop in 11 mha. China is behind India with 4.2 mha, growing five crops-cotton, papaya, poplar, tomato and sweet potato. The situation may change dramatically in a few years. In China, there is a strong government support for biotech crops, spurred by vocal groups of scientists. In India, regulatory hurdles and stringent opposition by civil society groups have put a question over this sector for a few years now. China hopes to approve a genetically-modified variety of maize to feed its 500 million pigs and 13 billion poultry numbers, the largest in the world.
Meanwhile, hectic efforts are on in India to salvage the AstraZeneca Research center which has been planned to shut down in April as part of the company's restructuring efforts. Local campaign may see the center emerge as an incubation center for lifesciences startups