Description : Asia-Pacific Association of Agricultural Research Institutions (APAARI), under its programme Asia-Pacific Consortium on Agricultural Biotechnology and Bioresources (APCoAB), organised a Regional Workshop on Investment in Modern Agricultural Biotechnology and its Socio-economic Impact on Livelihoods of Farmers in Asia Pacific on August 2-3, 2021, in collaboration with the Philippine Council for Agriculture, Aquatic and Natural Resources Research and Development (PCAARRD), Philippines; Council of Agricultural (COA), Taiwan; CropLife Asia (CLA), Singapore; Federation of Seed Industry of India (FSII) and Alliance for Agri Innovation (AAI), India.
International Crops Research Institute for the Semi-Arid Tropics (ICRISAT), Asia – Pacific Association of Agricultural Research Institutions (APAARI), Federation of Seed Industry of India (FSII), Alliance for Agri Innovation (AAI) along with APCoAB and CGIAR collaborated to conduct the Consultation Workshop on Gene Editing in Agriculture and its Regulations at ICRISAT, Hyderabad. The 2-day expert consultation brought together researchers, representatives of various public institutions and private sector, policy makers and scientists from member countries of Asia-Pacific Association of Agricultural Research Institutions (APAARI), CGIAR centres, government departments and bodies including Department of Biotechnology. The consultation highlighted innovations through gene editing and their impact on the agricultural sector, reviewed status of regulatory policies around gene editing globally – particularly in the Asia-Pacific region, discussed the impact of regulatory hurdles, delays and associated high cost on technology adoption. Adopting communication strategies for enabling policies for plant and animal breeding innovations and consumer acceptance around the technology were also widely discussed. Among other stalwarts, the workshop was attended by Dr Renu Swarup, Secretary, Department of Biotechnology (DBT), Government of India.
Mr Ram Kaundinya, Director General, Federation of Seed Industry of India (FSII) seated along with other industry experts during a panel discussion on “GM Cotton – impact on farmers and end user industry”. The event was organised by University of Hyderabad and was supported by Research and Innovation Circle of Hyderabad (RICH). It was attended by Dr Dayanand, Dean of the School of Lifesciences, University of Hyderabad (UoH); Dr S R Rao, Regulatory Expert of Biotechnology and Dr Rakesh K Mishra, Director, Centre for Cellular & Molecular Biology (CCMB). Other participants included Vijay Niwal, farmer representative from Shetkari Sanghatana, other farmer organisations, scientists, industry, government officials and other stakeholders.
Crop Life Asia organised the 13th Pan-Asia Farmers’ Exchange programme wherein farmers from Asia Pacific gather to exchange knowledge and ideas around agricultural practices. AAI took a delegation who represented India at the event.