Even US, Canada do not allow GM wheat, say experts

Stress on increasing wheat yield and export potential

shivani

Shivani Chaturvedi | September 1, 2014



Wheat is one of the crops that have been given a go-ahead for genetically modified (GM) crop field trials in India. But, experts say as far as wheat is concerned there is no need for GM as of now.

“Instead of going for GM we need to increase its yield. Once we increase the yield, we can earn a good amount of foreign exchange as we have location advantage. Why do we have to think of GM as of now?” said Hitesh chandak, president, Roller Flour Millers Federation of India, addressing the media prior to commencement of a two-day international wheat seminar to be held in Chennai from Tuesday.

NL Mehta, senior vice-president, All India Bread Manufacturers’ Association said, “Even in Canada and the US they are not working on GM as far as wheat is concerned. Wheat is a sensitive subject. Its yield in India is low as compared to China.”

“There is a strong need to improve the yield,” he added.

Further, India is unable to export much in the world market. In 2013, 7 million tonnes of wheat was exported. However, in 2014, there hasn't been any export of wheat so far. Reasons include, prices, particular quality of wheat not being available at some places, etc."

At present, it is practically impossible to export Indian wheat. The need of the hour is that the wheat system should look into export of wheat and wheat products as well, he added.

KSK Kannan, chairman, IWS local organising committee, highlighted taxation issue in Tamil Nadu. In the state, there is no taxation on wheat but there is 5 per cent tax on wheat products and only specific products are not taxed. “We want the government to remove tax from wheat products as most of the neighbouring states, such as Puducherry, Karnataka and Kerala, have no tax on it,” he said. 

Comments

 

Other News

Demonetisation: When cash played peek-a-boo

Post-demonetisation, cash did the Houdini vanishing trick at ATMs. With currency notes playing hide and seek, life was sheer misery. Things improved a bit, but the situation is back to square one. The ATMs are running dry, yet again. Rajiv Bajaj, scion of the family that makes hugely popular

Stories you must read over the weekend

  Tribals in the land of the legendary Birsa Munda in Jharkhand are fighting against the amendments of the Chotanagpur Tenancy Act (CNTA) and Santhal Pargana Tenancy Act (SPTA). These were hastily changed by the BJP government – first by an ordinance in June, and then, amendments i

NHRC recommendations cannot be set aside with impunity: justice Bhandari

  Recommendations by the National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) cannot be set aside with impunity merely on the ground that it is a recommendatory body,” said justice Dalveer Bhandari, member, international court of justice.    Addressing the meet

NALCO mines get 5-star rating for sustainable development initiatives

   The Panchpatmali bauxite mines of national aluminum company limited (NALCO) has been conferred with a 5-star rating by the ministry of mines.   The 5-star rating award, along with a certificate of excellence was handed over to Tapan Kumar Chand, CMD,

Some Odisha coal mines not being fully utilised

It is a fact that some of the opencast projects (OCP) of Mahanadi Coalfields Limited (MCL), a subsidiary of Coal India Limited, are not being utilised up to their full capacity despite having good potential for coal production, the Lok Sabha was informed. Union minister Piyush Goyal said tha

MGNREGS: 21 states have performed below par

In Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Scheme (MGNREGS), the average persondays generated at the national level is 39 days per rural household in the financial year (FY) 2016-17 (as on February 1, 2017). During the same period, 21 states have reported average persondays per household lower t

Video

आतंकियों की नकेल कसने में जुटा पाकिस्तान
Digital Transformation Summit

Current Issue

Opinion

Facebook    Twitter    Google Plus    Linkedin    Subscribe Newsletter

Twitter