GM crops panel to submit report in mid-Feb

TNN Jan 9, 2014,

BANGALORE: A state government-appointed committee to look at a comprehensive policy on agricultural biotechnology, including the feasibility of genetically modified crops in Karnataka, will submit its report next month.

The government had constituted a sub-committee, under the Vision Group of Biotechnology, to look into the advantages and disadvantages of allowing open field trials for certain GM crops in the state.

At an interaction on transgenic (GM) technology here on Wednesday, M Mahadevappa, former vice-chancellor of the University of Agricultural Sciences, Dharwad, and chairman of the sub-committee, said there have been many misconceptions about GM technology. The right use of technology can provide exciting solutions for food security, nutritional security, environmental safety as well as industrial and pharma needs, he added.