Can India solve Farmers’ Plight and Become Food Bowl of the World?
FREE WEBINAR: Biotech Crops & Indian Agriculture – An Exclusive Session By Industry Experts
On 22nd July 2020
India has the cultivable land and suitable weather for the production of a variety of fruits and vegetables. With growing demand worldwide for safe and healthy foods, there is a huge market potential for India to become the food bowl of the world.
Moreover, there is a growing food crisis over India, with its population expected to reach 1.8 billion by 2050. Droughts, lack of irrigation facilities, pests, and diseases are gradually killing India’s agricultural sector.
Scientists already have a solution to these problems. Genetically modified crops that can withstand drought, pests, and diseases. But before the technology can be implemented successfully to improve crop production in India, scientists need to convince the government that GM crops are safe and cost-effective.
Genetic modification of crops involves the introduction of changes to a seed’s DNA that would make them more resistant to diseases and drought. Genetic modification can boost the overall productivity and food supply. GM foods are very common in western countries like the US.
So far, India is producing only one type of GM crop, which is the Bt Cotton. Bt cotton is a genetically engineered cotton capable of producing a biological pesticide that kills a common crop pest bollworm. Since its introduction in 2002, it helped India to become the second-largest cotton manufacturer in the world. Today, 90% of the cotton sown in India is from the GM seeds.
China, who has been using GM crops for the last two decades, feeds 22% of the world’s population with just 7% global cultivable land. According to the World Health Organization, the GM crops available in the market are not likely to cause any risks for humans and they have passed all safety assessments. So far, no negative impacts on human health are reported as a result of GM food consumption. By forming an autonomous regulator for authorizing genetic manipulation and research on GM crops, India could move towards GM crops and become the global food bowl.
To know more about India’s potential to become the food bowl of India, and how GM crops can help India to be to the top fruit and vegetable producer, register for the Free Webinar, Can India solve Farmers’ Plight and Become Food Bowl of the World? by Biotecnika.
Webinar agenda: Can India solve Farmers’ Plight and Become Food Bowl of the World?
- Date: 22nd July 2020
- Time: 11:00 am – 1:00 pm
- Mode Of Webinar: Online
- Duration: 2 Hrs Approx
- Registration Fee: Free of cost for all Biotecnika Members & Subscribers
- Subject: All Bioscience Professionals & Students
- Speakers: Dr. TM Manjunath, Mr. V. Ravichandran, Dr. Jagadish Mituur, Mr. P Chengal Reddy, Mr. Ram Kaundinya & Mr. Shekhar Suman
This Webinar is for every bioscience professionals, students, and anyone who would like to know more about how India can contribute to overcoming challenges in agriculture and become the food bowl of the world.
- Welcome Note by Mr. Shekhar Suman CEO of BioTecNika
- Theme Intro: Can India Solve Farmers’ Plight & become Food Bowl of the World? By Dr. Jagadish Mittur
- Opportunities with Crop Biotechnology- How it can contribute to overcoming prevailing/emerging challenges in agriculture by Dr. TM Manjunath. Agricultural Scientist
- Farmer’s successful adoption of BioTechnology: India’s Cultivation and Export of Bt Cotton by Mr. V. Ravichandran, Farmer
- Farmers’ frustration for lack of access to other technologies useful for farmers by Mr. Chengal Reddy, Farmers’ Advocate
- Bottlenecks in Indian farmers quest to make India more competent by the adoption of new to technologies by Dr. Ram Kaundinya; Agriculture Policy Advocate
- Summary / Q&A
List of Eminent Speakers:
- Dr. Jagadish Mittur – Director, Board of Director, Bangalore Bioinnovation Centre India
Dr. Mittur N. Jagadish joined KBITS as the Head of BFC on 7 December 2012. Following his graduation with BSc (Hons) and MSc from Bangalore University, Dr. Jagadish obtained his Ph.D. from Trinity College, University of Dublin, Ireland, in 1979 and has work experience of 16 years in academia (institutions in India, Ireland, USA, Germany, and Australia) and 16 plus years in industry in India working for both national and multinational companies. He has work experience across 5 distinct country cultures in 7 international cities.
- Dr. TM Manjunath – Consultant in Agri-biotechnology; Integrated Pest Management
Dr. T. M. Manjunath is an agricultural scientist with over four decades of research and executive experience in the areas of integrated pest management (IPM), biological pest control, and agricultural biotechnology. He has served as a consultant to several national and international organizations like the FAO for developing technical programs. He is an author of 6 books and over 130 research papers and reviews. He gained his Ph.D. from the University of Agricultural Sciences, Bangalore. He was the Vice President of Pest Control (India) Limited from 1981-1997. Later, he joined Monsanto and served as the Director (R&D) of the Monsanto Research Centre in Bangalore till June 2004. Currently, he is a consultant in agricultural biotechnology and IPM.
- Mr. VKV. Ravichandran – Farmer
Mr. V. Ravichandran is a third-generation farmer growing rice, sugar cane, cotton, pulse, etc. He has been farming for over 30 years. He owns a 60-acre farm at Poongulam Village in Tamil Nadu. He is a member of the Truth About Trade and Technology Global Farmer Network.
- Mr. Chengal Reddy – Chief Advisor, Consortium of Indian Farmers Associations
P. CHENGAL REDDY, Honorary Chairman of Federation of Farmers Associations and Chief Advisor, Consortium of Indian Farmers Associations (CIFA) was instrumental in establishing India’s Apex Professional Farmers’ Organization – CIFA. He has participated in 11 international conferences and was invited by the Indian Union Finance Ministry to participate in 8 Pre-Budget meetings. He regularly writes articles and participates in media debates in addition to conferences, seminars including World Economic Forum, World Bank conferences, and others.
- Dr. Ram Kaundinya – Director General, Federation of Seed Industry of India
Ram Kaundinya served as the managing director and CEO of Advanta Ltd from 2006 to 2013. He has also served as the managing director of Cyanamid Agro, managing director of Emergent Genetics India, a senior member of the Management Team of the agrochemicals division of Hoechst India, and the director of the Agricultural Products Division of Cyanamid India. He was the director of the Association of Seed Industry (ASI) from 2002 to 2006 and the chairman of Crop Life India (from 1998-2000). Ram graduated from the Andhra Pradesh Agricultural University and holds a PGDM with specialization in agriculture from the Indian Institute of Management, Ahmedabad.