Government mulls ‘safe’ options on farming

Delhi, Jan 9:  The government may be a little hesitant in pushing for genetically modified (GM) crops due to pressure from RSS-linked groups, but it is exploring all possible ‘safe’ options to ensure food and nutritional security keeping in mind the demands of a growing population.

The issues, including use of biotechnology and other scientific interventions for increasing farm productivity, will be discussed threadbare during a national conference on sustainable agriculture in Sikkim, beginning on January 17.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi will attend the conference on its second day when experts from various fields of agricultural science will present before him a roadmap on not only increasing farm productivity and overall food-grain and horticultural production but also taking care of concerns of small and marginal farmers.