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India to soon announce its stand on Genetically Modified Mustard

Modi government to allow Genetically Modified Mustard to be cultivated in India

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NEW DELHI, 3 September,2016: The Government of India will soon announce its decision about permitting the commercial cultivation of genetically modified (GM) mustard – which could be its first transgenic food crop and “ideology” will not be a factor here, said a minister.

Mustard seeds (Pixabay)
Mustard seeds (Pixabay)

Environment Minister Anil Madhav Dave said India would also come up with other GM food as its population increases and arable land shrinks.

He also says, India will know the decision about their view on GM Mustard pretty soon.

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He points out the fact that, Indian scientists are good researchers and will do their job well. This way Indian money will stay in the country itself.

Obstacles

Indian population and BJP who object to reliance on technology developed mainly by Western countries, stand their ground about their opposition to lab-altered food.

Mustard flower (Pixabay)
Mustard flower (Pixabay)

This could throw a spanner in the works for GM mustard, which recently got technical approval from a panel of government and independent experts after multiple reviews of crop trial data.

“You must have different parameters for what you eat and what you only come in contact with, like cotton,” Dave said. “(But) eventually it is the doctor who gives the medicine. Ideology has no connection with this.”

Dave, a river conservationist and amateur pilot, said the government’s aim is to make regulation on GM crops foolproof and that people’s views will be taken into consideration before taking any final decision.

After some farmer groups complained about high rates, the Modi government is at crossroads with Monsanto over how much the world’s biggest seed company can charge for the GM cotton seeds it supplies.

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India has also proposed that Monsanto, which dominates India’s GM cotton seed market, share its technology with local firms. Monsanto has said it is contemplating leaving India, its biggest market outside the Americas, and recently pulled an application to sell next-generation cotton seeds, Reuters found out.

Dave brushed aside concerns that Monsanto’s withdrawal of the cotton variety will hurt Indian farmers as existing seeds become vulnerable to pests.

“Indian scientists are capable enough to meet the requirement of Indian farmers, in every crop,” Dave reaffirms his faith in Indian scientists.

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IBM Offers Agritech Start-Ups To Boost Up Agricultural Production in India

All the agritech companies in India, whose supply chain operations are getting impacted in the current lockdown period can avail the service

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Farmers in India are getting ready to harvest Rabi Crops like wheat, barley, mustard, sesame and peas, but many agritech companies who manage supply chains are facing complex challenges due to the lockdown. Wikimedia Commons

With the COVID-19 lockdown bringing new challenges to the agricultural sector in India, IBM is offering the agritech start-ups a 30-day free trial of its Operations Dashboard from The Weather Company (TWC) to help these firms with supply chain operations.

Farmers in India are getting ready to harvest Rabi Crops like wheat, barley, mustard, sesame and peas, but many agritech companies who manage supply chains are facing complex challenges due to the lockdown.

“The Dashboard can help supply chain managers make faster, more-informed decisions by combining our accurate weather forecasts with their unique business insights,” Sandip Patel, Managing Director, IBM India Pvt Ltd and General Manager IBM India/South Asia wrote in a LinkedIn post on Tuesday.

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All the agritech companies in India, whose supply chain operations are getting impacted in the current lockdown period can avail the service, Patel said. The Operations Dashboard is designed to send automatic alerts when weather conditions that could impact businesses are detected.

It can contextualie what upcoming weather might mean for businesses and provide recommended actions, besides improving operations by deliveringnear real-time and forecasted location-specific weather notifications.

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With the COVID-19 lockdown bringing new challenges to the agricultural sector in India, IBM is offering the agritech start-ups a 30-day free trial of its Operations Dashboard from The Weather Company (TWC) to help these firms with supply chain operations. Wikimedia Commons

“Powered by the IBM Global High-Resolution Atmospheric Forecasting System (IBMGRAF) — the world’s highest-resolution global weather forecasting model — this highly customizable solution is designed to function like a ‘meteorologist-in-a-box’ which actively monitors weather forecasts for conditions that may affect your location, operations and customers,” Patel said.

With access to current weather and 15 day forecast with user-friendly visual effects, the tool can allow companies to take decisions ontransportation of their produce in the face of weather.

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“This means produce will reach consumers faster, less food will be spoilt,and farmers’ efforts don’t go to waste,” Patel said. (IANS)