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3) Other than pest resistance, what are the prospects for which genetically engineered plants should be cultivated? Discuss the concerns and challenges associated with their cultivation also suggest way forward.(250 words)

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3) Other than pest resistance, what are the prospects for which genetically engineered plants should be cultivated? Discuss the concerns and challenges associated with their cultivation also suggest way forward.(250 words)

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Why this question:

Recently Farmer groups have alleged that Bt brinjal, a genetically modified variety, is being cultivated illegally in Haryana. India banned Bt brinjal in 2010. The debate around BT brinjal started in 2000 when Mahyco (Maharashtra Hybrid Seeds Co) came up with a GM brinjal. Seeds were exported to Bangladesh and Philippines in 2006, as the civil society resisted field trials in India.

Key demand of the question:

The answer must discuss the prospects, challenges and concerns associated with cultivation of Bt Brinjal.

Directive:

DiscussThis is an all-encompassing directive – you have to debate on paper by going through the details of the issues concerned by examining each one of them. You have to give reasons for both for and against arguments.

Structure of the answer:

Introduction:

Begin with brief introduction on the current context of the question.

Body:

Discussion should include the following:

What are Bt crops? What are their prospects?

Issues and concerns associated to their cultivation?

Explain the effect of it on agriculture system; farmer’s income etc.Provide for pros and cons and draw a balanced opinion.

Conclusion:

Conclude with a balanced opinion as to what needs to be done