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[On March 30] A consortium of six farmer bodies demanded for commercialisation of GM Mustard crop saying this will help in increasing yield and farmers income in the country by more than Rs 1,000 crore.
The representatives of consortium also submitted a petition in this regard to Environment Minister Prakash Javadekar and Minister of State for Agriculture Mohanbhai Kundariya.
The commercialisation of genetically modified (GM) mustard crop is presently under the consideration of biotech regulator Genetic Engineering Approval Committee (GEAC).
"Through this petition we demand the government to give us the right to choose the technology we wish to put in our farms. As farmers, we are of the opinion that GM technology can successfully co-exist with conventional hybrid as well as organic farming," Consortium of Indian farmers Association Secretary General P Chengal Reddy told reporters here.
Reddy further said India imports huge quantities of edible oil which can also be extracted from GM crops.
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The other farmer bodies which are part of the consortium are Sir Choudhary Choturam Bhartiya Kisan Samiti (BKS), Consortium of Indian Farmers Association, Kisan Coordination Committee, Shetkari Sanghatana Trust, United Farmers Empowerment Initiative (UFEI) & Confederation of NGOs of Rural India (CNRI). JTR MJH MR
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