MP protests against trials of GM Maize

Source: Times of India

NEW DELHI: After Bihar complained against the clandestine experiments of GM food crops in the state, it is Madhya Pradesh’s turn now. State agriculture development minister Ramkrishn Kusmaria has written to the Centre against the clearance by Genetic Engineering Appraisal Committee (GEAC) to GM Maize trials in the state.

GEAC is the statutory authority under the environment ministry to clear trials and introduction of genetically modified crops. It had come under flak from environment minister Jairam Ramesh for permitting GM food crop trials without his knowledge. Ramesh’s ire against GEAC was a consequence of Bihar CM Nitish Kumar’s complaint that agriculture was a state subject and the Centre could not decide on the issue on its own.

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