On May 11, last year, the GEAC, the apex authority for assessing the safety of genetically modified (GM) crops, declared that GM mustard had passed the prescribed tests and recommended to the environment minister that he should approve it.
How about planting bamboo extensively along the banks of the Yamuna to sequester the carbon from Delhi’s vehicle emissions?
The state is pushing millets, or coarse cereals, as a smart food for the 21st century, with massive nutritional and ecological benefits
Diversifying to dairy may give the farmers a way out of the debt trap. But, the larger focus has to be on developing irrigation in Marathwada & Vidarbha
Indian agriculture is facing headwinds from government policy. The dairy industry is worried about restrictions on cattle trading. The menace of stray cattle is keeping farmers awake at night.
Easing the law on trade and transport of minor forest produce has helped link tribals with wholesale market directly.
For most consumers, ‘organic’ is probably a code for ‘safe’ or ‘residue-free’, not necessarily produce grown without chemical fertilisers and pesticides.
In 2001, when unapproved Bt cotton seeds were planted in Gujarat, the GEAC ordered the crop destroyed. But it got approval for commercial use the year after. In the HT cotton case, Mahyco has withdrawn its application for approval.
Maharashtra’s Principal Secretary for Agriculture has asked the ministry of environment what action the state government should take against cultivators of illegal herbicide-tolerant (HT) cotton and those trading in the seed. “What is the standard operating procedure we must follow?” Principal Secretary Bijay Kumar asked the Genetic Engineering Appraisal Committee (GEAC) when, he says, it […]
Pesticides are sold below the marked price because of competition
It is said that for those who believe, no proof is needed, and for those who do not, no proof is possible. Into which category should one slot a parliamentary committee, chaired by Congress MP Renuka Chowdhury, on “genetically modified crops and their impact on environment”?
Raya in Mathura district and Iglas in Aligarh district are two police posts that have become extortion centres, traders say. It is hard to find any trader who has not had to pay.
I called up Pushpa Bhargava at about 6 pm on January 16, seeking an appointment. I was curious to know why he was so opposed to genetic modification of crops.
The researcher, whose Transgene could challenge commercial GM seeds, believes private sector interests tried to sabotage her. But it COuld be professional jealousy.
No-till conservation agriculture has not taken off in western Uttar Pradesh because most of the fields are small.
The authority for protection of plant varieties is set to dispense with the requirement of a no-objection certificate (NOC) from patent-holders for use of their genetically-modified (GM) traits.
When a Slice of illegality can’t be curbed, ban the activity altogether—that seems to be the Government’s thinking.
The agriculture ministry is not reconciled to the grip which Monsanto has on the Indian cottonseed industry owing to the immense preference for its patented, genetically-modified (GM) bollworm-resistance traits.
The govt’s price control order slashing fees payable for patented bollworm-resistant traits in GM cotton have had a chilling effect.
Given the regulatory uncertainty over licensing of GM traits, Monsanto has decided to not introduce Bollgard-3 and some other new GM crops in India
The UP government must uphold the rule of law, not use the law to punish a community that does not vote for it
These companies, however, have been less than honest in their dealings.
The area under GE crops has grown a hundred-fold since 1996, according to ISAAA, an advocacy, but the potential
of the technology has not been fully realised despite farmers readily embracing it in the countries where it has been approved
In an interview with Vivian Fernandes, Prabhu talks about the safety and utility of a technology deployed by a team of Delhi University (DU) scientists to create mustard hybrid DMH-11.
Barley has 5.66% soluble fibre per 100 grams, the highest among cereals consumed in India, while parboiled, milled rice has 0.76% and atta or wheat flour, 1.63%. Gooseberry (amla) is the richest source of vitamin C (252 mg per 100 grams)—no points for guessing—followed by pink-fleshed guava (222 mg).
The review committee on genetic manipulation (RCGM) is the apex technical body under the department of biotechnology in the ministry of science and technology.
Arrivals of tur or pigeon pea at the Gulbarga (aka Kalaburagi) mandi in North Karnataka speak of a harvest blessed by favourable weather and low incidence of pest and disease attacks unlike a year ago.