Develop agricultural practices: Scientist to youths

Guwahati, July 11: Padma Bhushan awardee scientist Asis Dutta has urged youths from the north-eastern (NE) region of India to work towards the development of agriculture and farm products to make their state attend development.

An expert in Genetic Engineering and Biotechnology, Dutta visited the campus of University of Science and Technology, Meghalaya (USTM) on Tuesday and interacted with the students, scholars and faculty members of the University.

"What really matters at the end of the day is your contribution to the society and northeastern region being very fertile, one can contribute in its growth by bringing in new techniques in its agricultural sector," Dutta said.

Dutta, said: "Science means the triumph of human mind over matter. There are no limits to the excellence to which human mind can develop. The quest for excellence is the driving force of human societies and civilizations as much as it is for human individuals and institutions."

He also encouraged the students to take interests towards genetically modified (GM) crops, so that they can feed not only their countrymen but people all over.

Dutta said, "The world population will increase to 10 billion by 2050 and it will lead to increase in food demand up to 1.7 times by 2050. At the same time there will be a drastic decline in cultivable land to less than 0.15 hectares per capita. This will lead to crop loss, drought, salinity,disease and post-harvest losses. At that time Genetically Modified crops will be the only answer."

--IBNS (Posted on 12-07-2013)

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