Agri-biotechnologyAgriculture PolicyGM Crops

Budget 2015 Has Ignored Crop Science, says Biotech Industry Club Chief

Ram Kaundinya

We were looking to a stimulus in Budget 2015 for agri-biotech so that Indian agriculture could become more productive. The several initiatives announced by the FM that include the creation of a unified national agriculture market, a renewed focus on micro-irrigation, enhanced spending on rural infrastructure and an increase in farm credit. The focus is on infrastructure and less on incentivising crop research. While this will benefit the farm sector and help improve farm incomes, a more conducive policy for the agri-biotech industry would have been more welcome.

(This comment was also published in Hindu BusinessLine on 1 March, 2015)

Related posts
Agriculture Policy

The Govt Must Review The Science of Nano Urea Before Promoting Nano DAP

In the Interim Budget Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman declared that the government would promote…
Read more
Agriculture Policy

Recounting Hits and Misses of Agriculture Policy in Run Up to the Interim Budget

By convention finance ministers refrain from announcing schemes requiring large budget outlays in…
Read more

Delhi Scientists Genome Edit the Mustard Plant for Bland Oil But Retain Insect-Repelling Pungent Compounds in Leaves

What worth is salt if it loses its salty taste, a revered religious figure is said to have remarked…
Read more

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *