Mangoes in Winter and Saffron Beyond Kashmir

Revolutionizing Indian Agriculture

In a groundbreaking leap forward, Indian agriculture is set to defy the seasons and geographical limitations, promising a future where mangoes can flourish in winter, and saffron fields bloom outside of Kashmir. Thanks to the revolutionary ‘DBT SPEEDY SEEDS’ facility inaugurated at the National Agri-Food Biotechnology Institute (NABI) in Mohali, the dreams of enjoying fresh cauliflower year-round and cultivating mushrooms in the arid deserts of Rajasthan are turning into reality.

This sensational development is not just about bringing the unimaginable to your dinner table; it’s about rewriting the rules of farming in India. The ‘DBT SPEEDY SEEDS’ facility harnesses the latest in speed breeding technology to produce high-yielding, climate-independent crop varieties. This means crops that were once tethered to specific seasons or regions can now thrive in diverse conditions, multiple times a year.

Delhi Gardens Bloom with Tulips Thanks to Indian Scientists : In an enchanting display of India’s agricultural prowess, Delhi’s key gardens are now blooming with vibrant tulips, a spectacle once thought exclusive to cooler climates. This remarkable achievement is credited to the relentless efforts and research of Indian scientists, who have developed climate-resilient tulip varieties that can thrive in Delhi’s climate. This achievement not only adds a splash of color to the capital’s green spaces but also showcases the potential of scientific innovation in transforming India’s floral landscape.

Imagine biting into a juicy mango during the chilly months of December or sprinkling freshly harvested saffron from a farm in Uttar Pradesh onto your dish. These are not mere fantasies but soon-to-be realities as Indian scientists push the boundaries of what’s possible in agriculture.

This initiative aligns perfectly with Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s vision of an empowered and economically robust farming community. By breaking free from the constraints of climate and seasonality, ‘DBT SPEEDY SEEDS’ promises not only to enhance the quality and quantity of agricultural produce but also to revolutionize the entire agricultural ecosystem.

The initiative underscores India’s commitment to integrating modern biotechnological advancements with traditional farming practices to enhance the nation’s agricultural productivity and bio-economy. Dr. Singh pointed out the remarkable growth of India’s bio-economy, which has expanded 13-fold over the last decade, from $10 billion in 2014 to over $130 billion in 2024. This growth is a testament to the potential of biotechnology and bio-manufacturing in driving sustainable and green growth in the agriculture sector.

The future of farming looks bright, with the promise of fresh, high-quality produce available year-round, across India.

Source : PIB, New Delhi

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