Skip to main content

Committee to probe illegal cultivation of HT cotton

The Central government has constituted field inspection and scientific evaluation committee to investigate illegal cultivation of HT cotton

Related Category: Sub Category:

The Department of Biotechnology in the Ministry of Science and Technology, Government of India has constituted a Field Inspection and Scientific Evaluation Committee (FISEC) to investigate the matter of illegal cultivation of Herbicide Tolerant (HT) or BG-III cotton. The cultivation of BG-III or HT cotton has not been approved by country’s biotech regulator, Genetic Engineering Approval Committee (GEAC) of Ministry of Environment, Minister of State for Textiles, Ajay Tamta said in a written reply in the Rajya Sabha, the upper house of Indian Parliament today.

There were several media reports and complaints regarding the illegal or unauthorised cultivation of HT cotton in Andhra Pradesh, Telangana, Gujarat and Maharashtra, the Minister said in the Parliament.

He said that it had received several representations for ban of illegal cultivation of Herbicide Tolerant (HT) or BG-III cotton in the country.

1 Votes with an average with 3

Related Story

Monsanto India appoints Cherukuri Ravishankar as Managing Director

Monsanto India has appointed Cherukuri Ravishankar as the Managing Director for its business across India, Bangladesh and Sri Lanka. He assumed responsibility from Shilpa Divekar Nirula from…

Thanks to higher MSP, gold demand to surge 25%: Report

With two-third of India’s gold purchases coming from the rural areas, the annualised demand for the yellow metal is expected to “surge” by 25 percent in the second half of the current financial…

Entrepreneurial agribusiness model to help 6,000 smallholder farmers

More than 1,000 women and men farmers of Maruru village in Anantapur district, Andhra Pradesh, a dryland region, will create a self-sustaining agribusiness model aimed at doubling farm incomes.…