GM crops: Prakash Javadekar meets farmers’ body

Thu, Dec 18 2014

Ministry officials say there would be several such consultations with other stakeholders in the next few months to build a consensus
New Delhi: Environment minister Prakash Javadekar met representatives of the Bhartaiya Kisan Sangh (BKS) on Wednesday to discuss contentious issues regarding field testing of genetically modified (GM) crops. Organizations such as BKS, a farmers association, and the Swadeshi Jagran Manch (SJM), are affiliated to the parent of the Bharatiya Janata Party, the Hindu nationalist Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh. Their opposition to GM crops could hamstring the National Democratic Alliance government’s plan to push for investment and growth in the biotechnology sector.