Workshop on ‘GM Crops in India- Way Forward’

17th May 2016, New Delhi

The workshop on ‘GM Crops in India- Way Forward’, was organized here today.

Dr Trilochan Mohapatra, Secretary (DARE) and Director General (ICAR) in his address said that insect resistance for GM crops should be the priority area for product development and few crops and traits need to be identified for this purpose.

Workshop on ‘GM Crops in India- Way Forward’Workshop on ‘GM Crops in India- Way Forward’

Dr S. K. Sopory, former Vice Chancellor, Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi and Chairman of the meeting urged that there is need to have a dialogue with various stakeholders including farmers and media.

Dr B. Meenakumari, Chairperson, National Biodiversity Authority, Chennai, Dr S. K. Datta, Pro-Vice Chancellor, Visva Bharati University, Dr Deepak Pental, former Vice Chancellor, Delhi University, Dr S. R. Rao from Department of Biotechnology, Government of India, Dr J. S. Sandhu, DDG (CS), ICAR, Dr Krishna Kumar, DDG (HS), ICAR, ADGs from ICAR, directors from ICAR institutes, IP experts and researchers and research managers from various parts of the country working on plant biotechnology participated in the meeting..

The status of GM crops (including field crops and horticultural crops) were presented and discussed.

The deliberations during the workshop included regulatory aspects, biosafety issues, transgenic research for academic purpose vs product oriented research, NOC from states for field trials, need of joining hands of ICAR and DBT, need of a joint taskforce, focussing on traits and crops for GM research, trait availability within germplasm and transgenic development, and pyramiding of transgenes.

Dr P. K. Agrawal, Assistant Director General, National Agricultural Science Fund, ICAR proposed vote of thanks. 

(Source: National Agricultural Science Fund, New Delhi)