The new government has more than a million expectations to fulfill. And, the
The industry feels that policy paralysis in the last three years has hit the bio-tech agriculture companies hard. Around 60 applications for permission to 11 genetically modified crops have been pending with the central government, said
The companies have sought permission for research and production of genetically modified paddy, maize, mustard, pulses, castor and some vegetables.
Now, it has pinned hopes on the new government. "The Prime Minister's speeches have made it clear that agriculture is his priority. He has witnessed the farmers benefiting because of BT cotton in
Currently, only genetically modified cotton, known as BT cotton, is used in
Talking about the issue of child labour, Kaundinya said though the use of child labour has been reduced significantly because of combined efforts of the government, NGOs and companies, it is yet to be weeded out totally. "The number of child labourers has come down to less than 10,000 from around 80,000 ten years ago," added Kaundinya. He even negated the impact of GM foods on human health as well as on soil fertility.
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