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‘Review genetically modified cotton policy’ Posted: Tue, Mar 20 2012. 6:47 PM IST ‘Review genetically modified cotton policy’ India’s policy on the use of genetically modified cotton seed needs to be reviewed in the wake of lower than expected productivity Ruchira Singh New Delhi: India’s policy on the use of genetically modified cotton seed needs to be reviewed in the wake of lower than expected productivity, said members of Coalition for a GM-Free India on Tuesday. “This year there has been large scale failure in the cotton crop. Failure in that the yields have been less than 50% in states like Andhra Pradesh and Maharashtra,” said Kiran Vissa, co-convener of the Alliance for Sustainable […]

Rajasthan Puts GM Crop Trials on Hold: Orders burning of the field trials

Rajasthan Puts GM Crop Trials on Hold The Rajasthan government has put on hold all trials of genetically modified (GM) crops in the state. In an order dated 13 March, the Principal Secretary, Agriculture, government of Rajasthan stated “ trials of GM crops should be conducted in the State until final decision in this matter is taken.” “The issue (of permitting trials of transgenic crops) indeed being fraught with concerns as no unanimity has arrived at, either in their favour or against them. The government, after considering different aspects of it, has taken a view to wait until a national consensus is evolved. It has also been decided that discussions […]

No GM crops in West Bengal: Mamata

Kolkata, Mar 12: On a day when the Budget session of the Indian parliament opened, West Bengal Mamata Banerjee told a group of youths, representing various colleges in the city, that she will never allow Genetically Modified (GM) crops in the state. he youths who called on her at her residence on Monday reminded the Chief Minister about the impending danger that the food, farming and environment of the state faces from the Biotechnology Regulatory Authority of India bill, 2011 which is expected to be tabled in the current parliament session. The youths presented Banerjee with a bouquet of vegetables and urged her to write to the Central government to […]

Agri survey bats for pvt participation The first agriculture survey, tabled in Parliament on Monday, called for more private participation to boost farm sector investments, rather than heavy doses of subsidies. “There is always a trade-off between allocating money through subsidies or by increasing investments. The investment option is much better than subsidies for sustaining long-term growth in agricultural production and also to reduce poverty faster,” said the survey, State of Indian Agriculture 2011-2012. It was tabled by agriculture minister Sharad Pawar. “The private sector responds much better and faster to incentive structures in farming because of which almost 80 per cent of the total investment in agriculture comes from the private sector,” it noted. […]

Manmohan blaming NGOs for Bt brinjal moratorium criticised

Special Correspondent Share  ·   Comment   ·   print   ·   T+ The Hindu Related TOPICS politics government national politics parties and movements economy, business and finance The Coalition for a GM-Free India has expressed “outrage” at Prime Minister Manmohan Singh’s statement that foreign-funded NGOs were the reason for the moratorium on Bt brinjal. “It is a clear attempt to undermine and disrespect the exercise of democratic rights by the citizens of this country regarding critical issues that concern one and all,” Sridhar Radhakrishnan, convenor of the coalition has said. In a statement, Mr. Radhakrishnan said the issue was not one of NGOs or foreign funding; that was merely a ruse that the Prime Minister had seized upon to cover […]

Climate change to affect small farmers: ActionAid Submitted by admin4 on 28 February 2012 – 6:50pm India News By IANS, New Delhi : More than 80 percent small farmers, contributing to half of India’s crop production, will be affected by climate change, which is impacting faster than predicted by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), says a recent study. The study, conducted by ActionAid and Centre for Sustainable Agriculture, was released Tuesday. “Around 80 percent of small and marginal farmers who contribute about 50 percent of the total crop production will be the most affected by the changing climate,” said the study. The study was was shared and deliberated upon at a National Consultation on Climate Change […]

China drafts legal proposal to completely shut down GE rice

Excerpted from China’s State Council has released the draft proposal of a grain law that establishes legislation restricting research, field trials, production, sale, import and export of genetically engineered grain seeds. The draft stipulates that no organization or person can employ GE technology in any major food product in China. “There are currently too many loopholes and weak control over GE food and technology in China.  “This is actually a world-first initiative that deals with GE food legislation at state law level. This law needs to clarify what ‘relevant laws and regulations’ can be applied to regulate GE crops,” said Fang Lifeng of Greenpeace. According to a Greenpeace investigation, over the […]

Poor allocation to agriculture sector flayed HYDERABAD, FEB. 23: Rythu Swarajya Vedika has flayed the Andhra Pradesh Government for allocating meagre allocations for agriculture and allied sectors in the 2012-13 Budget . “In a huge Budget of Rs 1.40 lakh crore, agriculture has got just Rs 2,946 crore. Even if you add allocations to allied sectors, the figure would touch only the 5,890-crore mark. A good part of it goes as salaries. Farmers will get nothing,” Mr Kiran Kumar Vissa of AID India and Dr. D. Narasimha Reddy (Chetana Society), said. Addressing a press conference here on Thursday, they criticised the Government for not giving enough focus to a sector that takes care of the […]

NREGA to Agriculture (for SRI now)

Read below three articles published, The new guidelines primarily aim at resolving the conflict that had emerged between NREGA and the farm sector by offering workers under the scheme to paddy cultivators under the System of Rice Intensification or SRI (a low-water cultivation technique being popularised in many states).Each small and medium SRI farmer will be eligible for eight person-days of work per acre for one-time transplantation, two person-days of work per acre for weeding at 10 to 15 days after transplantation and two person-days of work per acre for weeding at 20 to 30 days after transplantation, the new guidelines say. * NREGA 2 aimed at bolstering UPA Hindustan […]

UP drafting action plan to cut carbon footprint

Draft plan to be ready by March 31 Uttar Pradesh government is giving final shape to the State Action Plan on Climate Change, which aims at cutting carbon footprint with the formulation of eco-friendly policies. The Action Plan would encompass 8 missions dedicated to different sectors, such as agriculture, energy, housing etc. It will outline environment issues in UP, impact of climate change, vulnerability assessment and climate change strategy.   “The Draft Action Plan would be ready by March this year,” principal secretary urban development Alok Ranjan told Business Standard on sidelines of a conference on ‘A Better Tomorrow through Green buildings’ organised by PHD Chamber of Commerce and Industry […]

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