‘GM crop is essential for India’

Interview with Prakash Javadekar, Minister of State (Independent Charge), Environment, Forest & Climate Change


What is the current status of GM crop trials?

On receiving the application for field trials we strictly scrutinize safety of trials because safety matters a lot. When we are trying something new, which was not in existence, that must go through the complete safety regime. Therefore after due diligence and successful lab tests applications are considered and allowed for field trials.

After successful commercialization of Bt cotton in India why are other crops not allowed for commercialization as farmers are already growing them in other countries?

About 80 percent farmers have adopted Bt cotton in the country and it is giving results. Finally it is the farmers who are the deciding factors.

On one hand the Ministry of Science and Technology, Agriculture Ministry, and other departments have been supporting biotechnology, fortification of foods. On other side Ministry of Environment and Forest is not allowing field trials of GM crops and not allowing release of the crops. What is the rationale behind such dual action from the government?

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