Govt can't ban field trials of GM crops: Sharad Pawar
In August, the Parliamentary Standing Committee on Agriculture, headed by Basudeb Acharia, had recommended to the government to stop all open-field trials of transgenic crops until it develops a better system of monitoring and oversight.
The panel had also called for a complete overhaul of the regulatory system and thorough probe into how permission was initially granted in 2009 to commercialise Bt brinjal.
"We are not supporting that (Panel's recommendations). Ultimately, food security is the important issue for a nation like India and here we cannot take this type of luxurious decision of banning field trials," Pawar said.
Research in Genetically Modified (GM) crops and their field trials should continue in a country which has huge population, he said.
Pawar said, however, that caution should be exercised while allowing GM crops for commercial cultivation.
"We have to take abundant precaution that it will not affect either environment and other crops or animal and human health. We need to be very, very cautious," he said. Meanwhile, sources said the ministry in the Action Taken Report on the panel's contention has stated: "Ban on GM crop field trails will be highly detrimental and not in the national interest. Adoption of this recommendation would bring
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