Indian body recommends GM mustard for cultivation

Dhaka,  Fri,  22 September 2017
Published : 12 May 2017, 18:09:45
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Indian body recommends GM mustard for cultivation

Indian body recommends GM mustard for cultivation
  

Indian genetic engineering approval body has recommended commercial release of genetically modified (GM) mustard to the government. 

Chairperson of the Genetic Engineering Appraisal Committee (GEAC) Amita Prasad said the recommendation is for four years and a “lot of conditions” have been imposed.

If Environment Minister Anil Madhav Dave accepts the recommendation, GM mustard will be the second GM crop plant to be approved for cultivation by farmers in India. 

The first food crop (though India consumes oil derived from GM cottonseeds). India had approved the cultivation of GM cotton in 2002, report agencies

However, this is the second food crop which GEAC has recommended for cultivation. The earlier one, in 2009, was Bt brinjal, but the advice was rejected by then environment minister Jairam Ramesh under pressure from NGOs. 

He also renamed the GEAC, which was then an approval committee, as an appraisal committee. Bangladesh has been growing Bt brinjal since 2015.

 
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