`Steps adequate to avoid contamination during GM field trials`

Last Updated: Wednesday, March 3, 2010 - 19:12

New Delhi: Environment Minister Jairam Ramesh
today said the prescribed stipulations to avoid contamination
of soil and traditional crops were adequate and there was no
proposal to ban field trial of genetically modified crops.

"There is no proposal to ban the field trials and research
of GM crops in the country as the prescribed stipulations are
adequate to avoid contamination of soil and traditional
crops," he told the Lok Sabha in a written reply.

Ramesh said all the field trials are subject to stringent
norms such as maintaining a crop specific isolation distance
from the periphery of the experimental site to other sexually
compatible fields as prescribed under the Indian Minimum Seed
Certification Standards.

The trials are also subject to biological barrier by
planting border rows all around the experimental plot;
submission of a validated event specific test protocol of 0.01
per cent before undertaking the trials; and post harvest
restrictions, he said.

"The prescribed stipulations are adequate to minimise
contamination of soil and other traditional crops due to gene
flow, if any," Ramesh said.

The minister said following a direction from the Supreme
Court, it was clarified that field trials form an integral
part of research and development of GM crops.

PTI



First Published: Wednesday, March 3, 2010 - 19:12

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