With food security in mind, India’s Agriculture Minister plans push for GM crops

Agriculture minister Sharad Pawar has said the lack of a cohesive governmental policy on genetically modified (GM) crops could harm India’s long-term food security, a matter he would raise with Prime Minister Manmohan Singh. Pawar told HT that a squeamish policy had “totally demoralised.”

government scientists, while stifling private initiatives, both of which were critical for keeping pressure off food availability for a growing population. To be sure, the minister said he would publish a book on the role of GM crops.

Government scientists need “direction”, he said, because technologies take years to develop. “All this has serious food security implications.”

He made the remarks when asked about a recent parliamentary standing committee report, led by Left MP Basudev Acharya, which recommended quitting farm biotechnology.

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