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This is how Aatmanirbhar works in agriculture - indigenous development of more productive crop varieties by using modern biotechnological tools like genetic engg/genome editing.  I am still against the process-oriented over-regulation of these varieties, but after 2 decades of anti-biotech policies (post-Vajpayee era), I'll take whatever bone is thrown right now.

 

https://www.financialexpress.com/market/commodities/drought-resistant-genome-edited-rice-variety-likely-to-be-released-to-farmers-by-2026-agriculture-minister-narendra-singh-tomar/2600615/

 

Drought-resistant & genome edited rice variety likely to be released to farmers by 2026: Agriculture minister Narendra Singh Tomar

A drought-resistant rice variety developed through application of genome-edited technology for the first time in the country, is expected to be available for field evaluation by kharif 2024 and for commercial cultivation by farmers by 2026, agriculture minister Narendra Singh Tomar has said. The environment ministry and Department of Biotechnology (DBT) have given the sanctions for the field evaluation of genome-edited rice variety during the kharif 2024 season to Indian Agricultural Research Institute, Delhi, Tomar stated in a written reply to Lok Sabha on Tuesday.

 

Added in edit: Hopefully the ecoterrorists won't stop this with their anachronistic ideologies.

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There is a lot of push for organic farming as well. Sikkim, AP leading it. There are some crusaders who are waging war on fertilizers. In my locality In Bengaluru there is a whole store dedicated to only organically grown vegetables. There are some  actors like Kishore who is crusading organic farming leading by example, growing organic crops and vegetables and is an activist as well. Just like DiCaprio. 

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∆ Don't think this should be a binary though. From my view point organic is allright but it is not the real issue we are facing or the one we are going to face. The real issue will be soil. And that's going to overwhelm humanity. Depleting organic content of soil is alarming to say the least. 

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23 minutes ago, ravishingravi said:

∆ Don't think this should be a binary though. From my view point organic is allright but it is not the real issue we are facing or the one we are going to face. The real issue will be soil. And that's going to overwhelm humanity. Depleting organic content of soil is alarming to say the least. 

Agree, organic farming can be controlled niche market , which it is now. It is not that it is bad. But it is also a fact that it is not sustainable and certainly not for large-scale production. As the OP says, there are other venues to reduce harmful  fertilizer usage  and also maintain large scale production. 

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2 hours ago, coffee_rules said:

TFS. We have come a long way. Just yesterday I was reading about Somalia and they are having shortage of food grains. This shows how R&D is important in any field to sustain growth. Looking forward to eat protein rich rice.. 

 

And none of this would have been possible had we had not embraced the green revolution in the 60s. It carved the path to self sufficiency. 

 

We must always strive to adopt the most modern technologies and apply them to our crops to get the best yield and nutritional value. We must vet technologies based on these outcomes (does it yield more? does it have more <insert target nutrient>? is it safer for the environment? etc.), and not based on the process used (is it organic?), where it was developed (is it a "Western" technology?) or historical use considerations (was it used by our ancestors?"). 

 

As Dr. Radhakrishnan said, "The golden age is in a future vision, not in a fabled past." 

 

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