Honey cultivators oppose GM mustard, to protest at Jantar Mantar
Honey cultivators from across the country have opposed the governments proposal to introduce genetically modified (GM) mustard in India on the ground that it could adversely impact production and hit lakhs of livelihoods.
They argue that they have already had a bad experience with GM cotton (Bt cotton) with bee-keeping nearly disappearing from the areas where such cotton is grown, and the negative impact in case of GM mustard could be much more.
About 50-60 per cent of the total production of honey in India is mustard honey. Therefore, mustard is a very important crop for the industry. Any permission to GM mustard will jeopardise this sector, pointed out Yogeshwar Singh, a member of the Confederation of Bee Keeping Industry, at a press conference on Monday.