On the challenges related to climate change, Confederation of NGOs of Rural India (CNRI) demanded that the government act fast on allowing genetically engineering (GE) technology in crops other than cotton.
It urged the states like Gujarat, Tamil Nadu, West Bengal and Rajasthan to permit field trials of genetically modified (GM) crops to generate relevant scientific data.
CNRI also said that organisations like Bharatiya Kisan Sangh and Swadeshi Jagaran Manch should create a consensus among stakeholders on the issue of allowing genetic engineering technology in the agriculture sector. “Accelerate GE technology for farmers and agriculture and make it a priority focus area to help combat disease, pests and climate change challenges in India," Confederation of NGOs of Rural India (CNRI) urged the government on eve of the World Environment Day.
Asserting that farmers need technological help to combat the ill-effects of climate change, Singh said in a statement that farmers want "the success of BT cotton replicated with other crops and have them genetically modified (GM) to combat the challenges of climate change."
CNRI conducted survey in 10 states — Bihar, West Bengal, Jharkhand, Madhya Pradesh, Maharashtra, Rajasthan, Punjab, Gujarat, Uttar Pradesh and Karnataka.
The government has so far permitted commercial cultivation of BT cotton but imposed moratorium on commercial release of Bt brinjal in February 2010 due to concerns aired by green activists.