Farm laws: Historic or death warrant?

Over the past few weeks, much has been written on the newly enacted farm bills, which have been termed ‘historic’ by the proponents while ‘death warrant’ for farmers by the opposition groups. Continue Reading

Gene editing is next-gen tool for plant breeders

The basis of plant breeding is the availability of trait variation and diversity in different crops, that can be brought together into a variety or hybrid with multiple superior qualities or characteristics. Continue Reading

Over 95% cotton growing area in India is in Bt category: Expert

In India, GM cotton or commonly known as Bt cotton (because of Bt gene that controls a certain group of insects) has been successfully cultivated for the last 18 years and today more than 95 per cent cotton growing area in India is under Bt, said Dr Shivendra Bajaj, executive director, Alliance for Agri Innovation (AAI). Continue Reading

How safe are GM crops?

The need to increase agricultural productivity without increasing the area under cultivation to support our increasing demand for quality food remains a challenge for the Indian farmers. Continue Reading

‘Technology has helped farming’

Adoption of science and technology in all aspects of life has been the hallmark of modern civilisation. We expect technology to address challenges and make our lives easier, the same holds true for technological intervention in farming. Continue Reading