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Infrastructure funding – lessons learnt When the President was rendered homeless… S Ramanathan – a versatile musician, musicologist Making ‘my Amaravati’... The why of tax incentives Reliance’s TV – 18 ready to launch Tamil News Channel Air Asia India will set new benchmarks for budget travel Contrarian cousins Rahman at CIC Measuring roof tops in terms of KW/MW A glass full of corruption An inexplicable neglect Rs.1600 crore paper board plant of TNPL He continues the focus on social amelioration West Bengal: mindless malignancy Liberal imports idling indigenous capacities All eyes on Sankara Nethralaya Varuna (rain) in 2015; Vaayu (air) in 2016. Chennai devastated Airlines in India: cost and space Nuclear power at the nucleus Delhi is distant Why land prices zoom in TN? Maximising the micro pricing … Dr C Rangarajan returns to Chennai Things happen by accident and not by design... When Ratan Tata visited SRM Should we change the official year? Delhi returns to BJP GM Technology at last! Cutting the nose to spite the face Increasing non co-operation of state leaders Readers' Mail Boy, can you beat these? For whom the bell tolls? Banning booze... Tatas moving out of urea production... The rise and fall of Annamalai University Permanent secretariat for TN GIM The rise and rise of KCP Naidu’s return augurs well for Seemandhra Road development slows down F C Kohli - his concerns all embracing Welcome thrust on trade in Modi’s foreign visits... CRS, a jewel among managers, is no more. Remembering Indira Sivasailam... TN accounts for the largest recruits by the IT sector Cleaning Ganga – relocate tanneries and install electric crematoria No engine for this car Delhi is distant… Whistle-Stop Tour of Raghuram Rajan R Sridhar steps down as CEO of Shriram Capital Where is Rajaji? Lalu’s envy, India’s pride Not just in-laws (and outlaws); they’ve renowned academics at the helm! Focus on quality of power - its only around 170-180V Tax agriculture Limit foreign borrowings to hi-tech, export potential projects... A professional at the helm of IRDA... The Swadeshi Trump Mersal magnified Alexa – Talking Wikipedia More Shakthi to Das’ elbow Moily’s bold thrust Kulandai was a giant Align crops to agro climate endowments… IPL - no surprise this scam A proud Madrasi Music happens CIPET hqrs to stay at Guindy – for the present? The Gulf aviation boom Welcome GST How Air-India loses customs... Tribute – Manikam Ramaswami Poor quality of university VCs More heat than light Preserving for the future TGS- The king storyteller Fortune for Indian Airlines SoA @ 80 Revving up the manufacturing sector The star of Spencers is no more Cement prices continue to rise… Delhi Chalo... 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GM Technology at last!

Union Environment Minister Prakash Javadekar announced in the Rajya Sabha, government’s decision to permit research and field trials in genetically modified seed technology. IE has been advocating this and even organised a national level seminar in which it presented several scientists, policymakers and business leaders.

The new policy permits research in a dozen crops including cotton, rice, castor, wheat, maize, groundnut, potato, sorghum, brinjal, mustard, sugarcane and chickpea. Leading scientists like Dr G Padmanabhan of Indian Institute of Science, have been urging freedom for scientists’ to research on GM technology. Unfortunately, this got struck when the previous Union minister Jairam Ramesh first announced field trials, but retracted on opposition from powerful lobbies in 2009.

This technology has been widely practised in several countries including the USA, Brazil and China to great effect. Corn output in the US, based on this technology, helps reap 10,000 kg per acre; the average in India is around 800 kg per acre. Such quantum jumps have been achieved in regard to soybean, cotton, tomato… Israel harvests around 200 tonnes of tomato per acre (the average in India is 5 tonnes).

There is the urgent need to improve agri productivity in the context of shrinking land for cultivation and expanding population. Over the next 35 years, global population is expected to increase from the present 700 crore to 900 crore. At current rates, growth in food production will not keep pace with the needs of this large number. The comfort enjoyed for centuries of bringing large acres from forests and grazing lands under cultivation is no longer possible due to limitations of available landing and concerns on environment. Even existing arable lands are used for housing, infrastructure development, factories, and educational institutions. Just look at the transformation of the landscape from Delhi to Gurgaon-Manesar in Haryana or Thanjavur to Tiruchi in Tamil Nadu over the last 30 years: vast farm lands have just vanished! The rate of urbanisation needs to be slowed down. This can happen only when agriculture productivity makes quantum jumps and rural India becomes prosperous and more liveable. With better road connectivity and massive growth in telecom, rural areas have better access. The missing link is a prosperous agriculture. This will be possible by taking recourse to land agglomeration, science, technology and management. GM technology can help in this.

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