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Jairam Ramesh orders cancelling of Bt-maize field trials in Bihar

PTI Patna | Updated on March 10, 2011 Published on March 09, 2011

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Mr Jairam Ramesh





The Union Minister for Forest and Environment, Mr Jairam Ramesh, has instructed the Genetic Engineering Approval Committee (GEAC) to immediately cancel field trials for Bt-maize in Bihar.

“I have instructed the Chairman of the GEAC to immediately cancel field trials for Bt-maize in Bihar,” Mr Ramesh said in a letter to the Chief Minister, Mr Nitish Kumar.

Time GiveN for State Govt

According to the letter, the copies of which were made available to media here, Mr Ramesh said he had also instructed the GEAC to give the State Government one month's time to agree or disagree with the field trials for genetically modified crops as recommended by the GEAC, particularly GM food crops.

Mr Nitish Kumar, on March 5, had demanded that Mr Ramesh instruct the GEAC to immediately cancel field trials for Bt-maize in the State.

Published on March 09, 2011
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