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MYSORE: Genetically engineered groundnuts, grown by the University of Agriculture Sciences (UAS), Bangalore, will help in meeting the insulin requirement of diabetics.
Disclosing this to presspersons here on Thursday, Agriculture Minister K. Srinivas Gowda said the groundnuts grown through tissue culture will be marketed after receiving clearance from Indian Council for Agricultural Research (ICAR).
These groundnuts, which can act as a substitute to insulin, are a boon to millions of diabetics. The insulin component will be incorporated into genetically engineered groundnuts through biotechnology, he said.
However, officials of the Agriculture Department said insulin-containing groundnut growing is still in the research phase. Only after clearance is received from ICAR, will agricultural scientists begin trials on human beings and release them in the market.
Mr. Gowda said the patent for insulin-containing groundnuts has been obtained by the UAS.
This technology along with other achievements in agricultural research, including hybrids, will be exhibited during the "Krishi Mela" to be held on the GKVK campus of UAS in Bangalore from October 27 to 30.
Mr. Gowda said the expertise to grow watermelons, which act as substitute to medical treatment for rabies, is also available with the UAS.
The Minister said India Organic Agricultural Fair 2005 will be held at Lalbagh from November 4 to 7. Union Agriculture Minister Sharad Pawar is expected to participate in the event.
Seminars on organic farming and workshops will be organised part of the event. More than 500 entrepreneurs in organic farming, including 30 foreign companies, will participate in the event aimed at creating a market for Indian and multinational companies involved in organic farming.
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