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Friday, May 19, 2017

Kerala Passes Resolution Against Genetically Modified Mustard Friday May 19,2017

The Kerala assembly on Friday May 19,2017 passed a resolution, demanding that the centre withdraw the decision to grant permission for production and cultivation of Genetically Modified Mustard seed.

Moving the resolution, Agriculture Minister V S Sunil Kumar said it was "unfortunate" that the centre's Genetic Engineering Approval Committee (GEAC) had accorded sanction for production and cultivation of GM mustard.

GM crops would be cultivated in the country if it was also approved by the Environment Ministry and "it is a very serious issue", he said.

He demanded that the centre not implement GEAC's decision as GM seeds, he said, would adversely affect farmers and the agriculture sector.

It would destroy traditional seeds and farmers would have to depend on multinationals for their cultivation, he said.

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