At Lok Sabha, Agri Minister Parshottam Rupala shares GM crops’ success
- by Team ABLE - 09 Jan, 2019
The Minister of State for Ministry of Agriculture & Farmers Welfare Parshottam Rupalahas, on Jan 8th, announced an information in Lok Sabha about Genetically Modified (GM) crops.
The information given by the Minister stated that the productivity of cotton increased from 191kg per hectare in2002-03 to 477 kg per hectare in2017-18and the production of cotton has been increased from 86.21 lakh bales in 2002-03 to 348.88 lakh bales in 2017-18 due to adoption of Bt. cotton in the Country.
He has said that there is a well-established regulatory framework for approval of Genetically Modified (GM) Crops as per “Rules for the Manufacture/Use/Import/Export and Storage of Hazardous Microorganisms, Genetically Engineered Organisms or Cells, 1989” under the Environment (Protection) Act, 1986 in the Country.
The Minister has stated, “Evaluation of each application of GM crop is done on a case-to-case basis after a thorough examination of health, environment, food and feed safety assessment studies undertaken in a systematic and scientific manner as per prescribed guidelines, manuals and standard operating procedures stipulated by various regulatory agencies under the Rules, 1989 from time to time. The data generated by the applicants is reviewed at every step in the development process of GM crops by various Statutory Committees under the Rules, 1989 such as Institutional Biosafety Committee, Review Committee on Genetic Manipulation and Genetic Engineering Appraisal Committee.”
The information given by the Minister stated that the productivity of cotton increased by significant numbers owing to the adoption of Bt. Cotton in India.