The Minister of State (Independent charge) of the Ministry of DONER, Minister of State for PMO, Personnel, Public Grievances & Pensions; Atomic Energy & Space, Jitendra Singh has asked for more applications of nuclear technology in regular life.
Singh was present at a roadshow on Advances in Nuclear Food and Agriculture, organised by the Bhabha Atomic Research Centre (BARC), Department of Atomic Energy (DAE). The Secretary, DAE, K N Vyas and other senior officers also graced the occasion.
Singh said that the vision of the founding father of India’s nuclear program, Homi Bhabha, was not to limit the nuclear research to the confines of the laboratory but to take the technology to the outside world for the benefit of mankind.
He stated that way back in the 1950s when Bhabha said that our nuclear venture is based on the peaceful use of atomic energy, the world did not believe us. But now we are running a successful and safe nuclear energy programme.
During the day, various sessions were organised on nuclear agriculture and crop improvement, Agri-technologies for plant and soil health and Radiation technologies for food preservation.
The discussions included crop improvement in oilseeds, BARC’s contribution in pulses, mutation breeding in cereals and millets, radiation-based technologies for augmenting crop growth and water conservation, biopesticides and biofertilizers, technologies for improving plant and soil health, radiation processing of fruits and vegetables, radiation processing for microbial safety, to name a few.
Besides, Plenary lectures were also held on challenges in seed production and deployment and revival of traditional varieties using radiation-induced mutation breeding.