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India Ideas Summit: PM Modi invites US to invest in agriculture sector

Marking a dual departure from the RSS’s economic ideology, Modi said at the India Ideas Summit he wanted human-centric growth and FDI in farm

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India

Pro-GMO farmers’ movement gets more political support

Other than the Swabhimani Shetkari Sanghatana, the Swarna Bharat Party has extended support to the farmers’ movement for GMO HTBt cotton

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Agriculture Sci-Tech

Crop genetically modified to conserve water, resist drought

West Gregory, Illinois: Agriculture already monopolizes 90% of global freshwater — yet production still needs to dramatically increase to feed and fuel this century’s growing population. For the first time, scientists have improved how a crop uses water by 25% without compromising yield by altering the expression of one gene that is found in all […]

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Sci-Tech

Sunflower genome sequence: More resilient crops in future

Athens, GA, US: University of Georgia researchers are part of an international team that has published the first sunflower genome sequence. This new resource will assist future research programmes using genetic tools to improve crop resilience and oil production. They published their findings today in the journal Nature. Known for its beauty and also as […]

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Sci-Tech

New dal to pulse food economy

New Delhi: Minister of Finance and Corporate Affairs Arun Jaitley and Agriculture & Farmers Welfare Minister Radha Mohan Singh made field visits of a new variety of pulses, PUSA Arhar-16, Monday, 31 October. ICAR-IARI, New Delhi, has developed this extra early maturing, semi-dwarf, determinate, high-yielding new plant type genetic material, which is a semi-erect compact plant […]

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India Sci-Tech

Trust our GM crop experts, Environ Min tells nation

New Delhi: The Environment Ministry has clarified that the sub-committee drawn up by the Genetic Engineering Appraisal Committee (GEAC) has experts in subjects relevant to the safety evaluation of genetically engineered (GE) crops. In a clarification issued yesterday, the Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change (MoEF) said, The GEAC in its 126th meeting held on 04.01.2016, […]

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Sci-Tech

BARC making GM bananas

New Delhi — Genetic engineering technique enables development of disease resistance as well as nutritional quality improvement. Bhabha Atomic Research Centre (BARC) is developing iron biofortified banana for nutritional quality improvement. The other parameters of this genetically engineered banana plant include incorporation of Vitamin A and fungal and viral disease resistance which is undertaken in […]

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Sci-Tech

Flood and drought resistant crops developed

New Delhi — The National Agricultural Research System (NARS) comprising Indian Council of Agricultural Research (ICAR) and State Agricultural Universities has developed flood/drought tolerant crop varieties for different regions of the country. The details are given below. Important flood and drought tolerant varieties/hybrids of different crops Crop Varieties/hybrids               Deep water/submergence/ water logging tolerance Rice […]

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Swadeshis Are To GM Crops What Church Was To Galilean Telescope

esterday’s development of the Swadeshi Jagaran Manch and Bharatiya Kisan Sangh pressuring Environment and Forests Minister Prakash Javadekar to deny our agricultural scientists the opportunity to try genetically modified (GM) seeds on Indian soil reminds one of the mediaeval Church refusing to check out the Galilean telescope lest it should be found that celestial objects […]