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What’s the compelling need to permit GM mustard now: SC | India News


NEW DELHI: Realizing that the literacy and awareness levels of Indian farmers are not on par with those of farmers in Western countries, the Supreme Court on Thursday said all precautions must be taken. before allowing cultivation of GM crops. Herbicide tolerant mustard crop and ask the Center if there are any “compelling reasons” to allow it now.
“Is there a compelling reason to allow it now…. Indian farmers are not like Western farmers and they know less about genetic mutations,” said a bench made up of Judges Dinesh Maheshwari and BV Nagarathna commented while asking attorney general R Venkararamani’s reason for allowing the commercial use of GM mustard.
AG replied that there was no such compelling reason but that it was the culmination of a long process of research and inquiry over many years. “This is not a matter of coercion but of process. If there is no problem in the whole 10-12 year process, then there is nothing wrong with the decision of the government,” he told the bench. reserve.
“If you have followed all procedures and all concerns and concerns have been addressed, there should not be any compelling reason to proceed,” he said. The government says domestic mustard production must double over the next 5-10 years, with hybrid crops needed to increase yields.
“False concerns are spreading about contamination of indigenous genetic resources and farmers’ ability to keep seeds. Government figures show that currently 63% of seeds are substituted – meaning farmers buy seeds. fresh seeds of publicly available varieties or hybrid seeds and varieties sold by private companies Farmers should mark areas where seeds can be harvested, preferably from the middle of the field. at the farmer level is not a problem at all,” the center said. in its answer.

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