Agri Business

Govt claims to monitor GM crop quality

PTI New Delhi | Updated on March 12, 2018

The new hybrid ELS Bt.cotton released by Mahyco Seed Ltd this year for commercial cultivation. (file photo): S Siva Saravanan   -  Business Line

The Centre today said it has adequate regulatory provisions to check the quality of genetically modified (GM) seeds such as Bt Cotton introduced by companies in the country. “The government has adequate regulatory provisions under the Seed Act, 1966, Seed Rules, 1968 and Seed Control Order, 1983, to check the quality of seeds introduced by companies in India,” the Minister of State for Agriculture, Mr Harish Rawat, said in a written reply to the Lok Sabha. The Review Committee on Genetic Manipulation (RCGM) looks into the bio-safety aspects of GM crops prior to environmental release, he said. Besides, the Ministry of Environment and Forests (MoEF) and Genetic Engineering Approval Committee (GEAC) also have mandate to regulate the bio-safety of a GM products, he added.

Published on March 15, 2011

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