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Make Case for Biotechnology, Says Tony Blair

British Prime Minister Tony Blair wants that scientists should make the case for biotechnology, GM crops and other scientific developments. He stated that as a child he was quite poor in the subject and he wanted the children of the country to view career in science as desirable as the profession of a footballer. He also has promised that he would defend science from critics and would go on and support scientists on issues of MMR vaccine, animal research and GM crops. In order to show his support for science, he visited a newly constructed synchrotron light. He has also promised to develop Biofuel which would help the country in cutting the emission levels. He wants that the scientist should get more assertive and that they should not get carried away by critics and school children should also view science as a profession in the same view as the world of sport.

GM crops receiving subsidy in India

Although most of the world is shunning GM crops but India is convinced by the power of these crops and in order to achieve the benefits government of India has announced a special subsidy package. For this purpose the National Horticulture Board has made an announcement with regards to backed-ended capital investment subsidy for projects dealing with development of genetic modified organisms and bio technology. Similar subsidies have also been proposed for high density plantation. With regard to EOUs priority areas have been defined and though no approval has been granted for GM horticulture crops for commercial cultivation but still a number of them are in the process for approval. Though the government looks convinced but exporters have expressed their apprehension regarding introduction of GM crops and feel that it could have an adverse impact on the exports from the country. Probably the government should apply a wait and watch approach before it goes full steam so that the interests of the country do not suffer.