India is likely to see commercialization of genetically modified (GM) jute in a month. Developed by the Kolkata University, GM jute is set to be sent for commercialization approval to the regulator – Genetically Engineering Approval Committee (GEAC), next month.
If approved, GM jute would be the second crop of its kind after GM cotton was approved for commercialization in 2002 with huge success.
“The GM jute is ready. The Kolkata University is set to apply with GEAC for commercialization in a month,” said Swapan K Datta, Deputy Director General of Indian Council of Agricultural Research (ICAR) on the sidelines of a roundtable on “Addressing Challenges of Food Security” organised by the Confederation of Indian Industry here on Monday.
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