Consortium of farmers’ unions petition Indian government to approve GMO mustard

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Farmers from 16 states in a signed petition to Prime Minster Modi have urged him to commercialise the Genetically Modified (GM) Mustard in dry areas, claiming that it would give direct benefit of Rs 1,800 crore to them.

Rashtriya Progressive Kisan Association (RPKA), an umbrella consortium of seven farmers’ unions, submitted the petition at the Prime Minister’s Office…

…[F]armers also criticised the anti-GM lobby, asserting “it’s claims are unscientific”.

“No one is listening to the 80 million farmers who will, among many others, benefit by the GM Mustard. It would profit the mustard growers by directly Rs 1,800 crore,” Hari Singh Yadav, a Rajasthan-based farmer who heads RPAK, told IANS.

He said of total edible oil imported by India last year, about 60 per cent was mustard oil.

“…That oil is too coming from a different version of GM Mustard,” Yadav said, adding that due to water scarcity in Rajasthan and other parched regions, the production of mustard has dropped. The GM Mustard would boost the production by about 22-30 per cent.

The indigenously developed GM Mustard — Dhara Mustard Hybrid 11 (DMH 11)– is currently being reviewed by the Union Environment Ministry’s Genetic Engineering Appraisal Committee (GEAC)…

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