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CEA recommends GM pulses to boost production

Chief economic adviser Subramanian says it will not only boost production but lower the cost

Policy Pulse
Publish Date: Sep 22 2016 3:04PM | Updated Date: Sep 22 2016 3:04PM

CEA recommends GM pulses to boost production
In order to boost production of pulses, India’s chief economic adviser Arvind Subramanian has come up with a recommendation of using genetically modified (GM) pulses. 
If it happens, it will be next big step after GM mustard introduced few days ago. 
Also, trial of GM chana developed by Assam Agriculture University has been carried on for two years consecutively by Maharashtra based Sungro Seeds and is now licensed to Sungro Seeds Ltd. 
The company has also been conducting trials in two locations, namely, Kadappa and Kurnool districts in Andhra Pradesh during last two years.
Nevertheless, for GM pulses, International Crops Research Institute for the Semi-Arid Tropics (ICRISAT), a private organization, is also at work to develop a GM arhar (pigeonpea), as reported by ‘The Economic Times.’ 
The institute says that on its way to develop a transgenic solution in the very near future to confine the legume pod that damages crops 30-100% depending on the stage of arhar growth and development.
Interestingly, if this happens, not only the yield will be increased by 20 to 25 percent, but the cost of production will also see a drop down.  
The country’s pulses production target set for 2020 is 23.5 million tons and 27.5 by 2025.