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India’s bio-economy grew 8 times in last 8 years: PM

Modi said that science and technology are now at the core of development across various sectors.

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New Delhi: India’s bio-economy grew eight times in the last eight years from 10 billion dollars to 80 billion dollars, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said here on Thursday while inaugurating Biotech Startup Expo – 2022.

“We have grown from 10 billion dollars to 80 billion dollars in the last eight years. India is not too far from reaching the league of top 10 countries in the Global Ecosystem of Biotech,” he said.

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The PM expressed immense faith in the biotech sector of the country.

“India is being considered as a land of opportunity in the field of biotech. There are five big reasons for this. First- is the diverse population and diverse climatic zones, second is India’s talented human capital pool, third is increasing efforts for ease of doing business in India, fourth is the growing demand for bio-products in India, and fifth is the track record of your successes,” he said addressing the stakeholders.

Modi said that the unprecedented investments in physical and digital infrastructure by the government have provided a fillip to the biotech sector in the country.

“It is one of the most demand-driven sectors. The campaigns for Ease of Living in India over the years have created new possibilities for the biotech sector,” he said.

Modi said that the number of start-ups in our country has increased from a few hundred to 70,000 in the last eight years. These 70,000 start-ups are made in about 60 different industries and this also includes over 5,000 biotech start-ups, he informed.

He said that India has achieved the target of 10 percent blending of ethanol in petrol and such achievements will also help the biotech sector.

“With this achievement, now we have reduced the target of blending 20 percent ethanol in petrol by 5 years from 2030 to 2025. All such efforts will create new opportunities in the field of biotech,” he added.

Modi said that science and technology are now at the core of development across various sectors. He said that biotech is giving an impetus to multiple sectors such as the agriculture sector.

Through bio-fertilizers and bio-seeds we are being able to help farmers in increasing output, he said.

With the introduction of drones in farming and the increase in production of technical textiles in the country, thus biotech will play a major role in the development of the country, he added.

The PM said that the government’s effort to boost chemical-free farming is also creating new opportunities for the biotech sector.

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