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Surinder Sud: Seeding R&D

Companies are going slow on GM research thanks to the obstructive bureaucracy

Unlike multinational agro-firms, which invest liberally on research and development (R&D) to evolve new seeds, Indian companies engaged in agri-business generally feel shy of doing so. There are only a few exceptions and one among them is Shriram Bioseed Genetics India limited which deals largely with hybrid seeds and is now getting into genetically-modified and transgenic seeds as well. A group company of DCM Shriram Consolidated Ltd, Shriram Bioseed has, in past few years, put in place an extensive network of agricultural research centres, seed trial farms and demonstration fields ...