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The first edition of BioEconomy Conclave 2016, New Delhi saw some very interesting panel discussion around Biotechnology across all sectors including agriculture, healthcare, industry etc. With an aim to create an economy that is driven by meeting the societal needs of food, fuel, health and environmental stability – BioEconomy Conclave provided a platform to all stakeholders including researchers, technologists, entrepreneurs and businesses that are driving innovation through biotechnology.

In a session on “Challenges faced by Bio agri sector” the key discussion focussed on the need to embrace the next revolution in agriculture. During the panel discussion, key issues that were spoken about were

· The need to create confidence among people, researchers and technologist on the safety of agri- biotechnology.
· Adoption and diversification of GM products in agrarian India will depend of an improved regulatory environment, authentic biosafety data and public acceptance of GM technology. Therefore, it is important to understand gaps in awareness and sensitize concerned stakeholders about the realm of IPR and innovation
· With the growing need for environmentally conscious world, biotechnology can play an important role in industrial biotechnology
· It is important to continuously communicate on biotechnology so that there is continuous conversation and people are well aware about bio safety.

Key speakers at the session were

· Dr. S.R. Rao, Senior Adviser, Department of Biotechnology, Minister of Science & Technology, Government of India
· Dr. (Smt) Amita Prasad, Additional Secretary to Government of India, Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change, Government of India
· Dr. T.P. Rajendran, Visiting Fellow at Research and Information System for Developing Countries
· Dr. Sudhir Kochar, Former ADG, Indian Council of Agricultural Research(ICAR)
· Dr. G Ramamohan, Regulatory Policy & Scientific Affairs Lead, Monsanto India