Punjab farmer groups oppose GM maize trials
Jalandhar The Kheti Virasat Mission (KVM), an independent organisation of traditional farming groups, will launch a state-wide movement against the decision of the Punjab government for allowing second-stage field trials on genetically modified (GM) maize in Punjab. KVM spokesperson today, in a press communiqu, opposed the decision of the state government for having allowed an MNC to conduct the trials on GM maize in Punjab. The organisation will keep all options, including legal battle, open to stall the trials of GM Maize in Punjab.
The spokesperson said it would also oppose the move to get an approval for the second-stage field trials of two transgenic variants of maize at the Genetic Engineering Appraisal Committee (GEAC) of the Union government. He has further stressed that till the GEAC gives its approval for such trials, the state government must stay its decision as it is mandatory to seek the permission of the Central body.