Scientists should find solutions for hunger: PM

Source: The Hitavada      Date: 07 Nov 2016 08:29:46


NEW DELHI,

Nov 6,

(PTI),

Addressing the first ever International Agrobiodiversity Congress here, Modi cautions against growing threat to plant and animal species and said there is a need to adopt a “shared vision” for conserving them

LAWS on conservation of agrobiodiversity should not hamper growth of agriculture in developing nations like India, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday said, while asserting that use of technologies for crop enhancement must not be at the cost of sustainable development.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday asked scientists to find solutions for hunger and malnutrition while conserving the bio-diversity.
“Today, millions of people are struggling with hunger, poverty and malnutrition. Science and technology has an important role in fighting these challenges,” Modi said at the first International Agrobiodiversity Congress (IAC) here. “We need to ensure that while finding solutions for these challenges, we don’t ignore other aspects like sustainable development and conservation of bio-diversity,” the Prime Minister said.
For conservation of bio-diversity, Modi asked the international, national and private organisations to form a pool of resources and technology to increase chances of success and also to make efforts to formulate a shared vision in this direction.
The Indian Society of Plant Genetic Resources (ISPGR) and Bioversity International are organising the November 6-9 event in collaboration with the Indian Council of Agricultural Research. Addressing the first ever International Agrobiodiversity Congress here, Modi cautioned against growing threat to plant and animal species and said there is a need to adopt a “shared vision” for conserving them through focused research and proper management of genetic resources.
“World over, crores of poor people are fighting hunger, malnutrition and poverty. To address these issues, science and technology is very important. While finding solution to these problems, we should not ignore sustainable development and conservation of biodiversity,” Modi said at the conference attended by about 900 delegates from 60 countries.
There is a need to assess the negative impact of use of the technology in agriculture, he said, citing the example of pesticide usage affecting honeybee in pollination process.
In lighter vein, he also mentioned that technology’s negative impact on people was such that they do not remember their own telephone numbers after the introduction of mobiles.