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One day dedicated to discussions on the topic to highlight pertinent issues

Aim is to use biotechnology to increase farm productivityExperts to discuss ways to strengthen transnational partnerships

Bangalore: In the sixth edition of Bangalore Bio from June 7 to 9, the spotlight will be on agri-biotechnology. An entire day has been dedicated to discussions on the topic. Experts will discuss ways to strengthen transnational partnerships and the recent advances in molecular genetics, informatics, and genomics research. The objective is to understand and apply the advances in biotechnology to improve efficiency and productivity in the agricultural sector.

"India has vast potential in the agri-biotech segment as it is the second largest food producer in the world. In addition, the country has an 8,000-km-long coastline rich in aquaculture, well-established scientific infrastructure in agriculture, rich biodiversity and is a source of low-cost, skilled manpower," said Anup K. Pujari, Principal Secretary to Government, Department of Information Technology, Biotechnology and Science and Technology.

The one-day session will bring to light pertinent issues such as the transgenic crops and agri-biotechnology, functional foods and nutraceuticals, bio-energy and bio-fuels, bio-fertilizers and bio-pesticides, Intellectual Property Rights (IPR) and safety and regulatory issues.

"Partnership is the key strategy to cover more ground in the agri-biotech space. The industry can benefit from technologies that are being made available to improve the quality of agricultural produce. The agri- biotech session will create a platform to debate emerging issues and foster new relationships to accelerate the adoption of biotechnology by the agricultural sector," said K.K. Narayanan, president, ABLE, and managing director, Metahelix.

Speakers

Some of the distinguished speakers, apart from Mr. Narayanan, include C.S. Prakash, director, Centre for Plant Biotechnology Research College of Agriculture Tuskegee University, U.S.; S.K. Raina, chief adviser, Nath Seeds; P.S. Dravid, president, JK Seeds; M. Ramasamy, managing director, Rasi Seeds; and Usha Barwale, joint director of research, Mahyco.

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