The Association of Biotechnology Led Enterprises – Agriculture Group (ABLE) announced its commitment to finding solutions through policy,products and partnerships to increase agriculture productivity,in the presence of Minister of Environment & Forest Jairam Ramesh,Dr. Yoginder. K. Alagh,economist,former union minister and Chairman of Institute of Rural Management Anand,other economists and members of the agriculture industry.
In the inaugural address,Ramesh stated that biotech is important for food security,needs public-private partnership and should see more public sector participation.
He said: The Biotechnology Regulatory Authority of India (Bill to be introduced in Parliament within the next few days is a huge step forward for maintaining the integrity of environmental assessment process,safety,efficacy and public interest.
He added: I believe that when the Bill will be introduced,it will address the concerns that have been expressed by the civil society groups that it will open floodgates for all GM foods. Nothing like it.
Prof Alagh in the keynote address reiterated the success of Bt cotton in India and emphasized more public and private sector cooperation for research and development in agriculture
ABLE is a premier agricultural biotechnology industry body whose members include Advanta, BASF ,Bayer CropSciences,Devgen,Dow AgroSciences,JK Agri Genetics,Mahyco,Metahelix,Monsanto,Nath Biogene,DuPont Pioneer Seeds,and Syngenta.