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Genetically modified jute to come up for GEAC nod

Dilip Kumar Jha  |  Mumbai 

India might see the commercialisation of (GM) in a month. Developed by the University of Calcutta, is set to be sent for commercial approval to the regulator, Genetic Engineering Approval Committee (GEAC), next month. If approved, will be the second crop of its kind after was approved for commercialisation in 2002.

is ready. The university is set to apply to the in a month,” said Swapan K Datta, deputy director general of the Indian Council of Agricultural Research (ICAR), on the sidelines of a round-table on ‘Addressing challenges of food security’ organised by the Confederation of Indian Industry here on Monday.


Farmers expect that the success of will be replicated in “With being a non-food crop, should not have any problem in approving it. The regulator has concerns only on food items,” Datta said.

Almost 30 per cent of the 250 million tonnes of foodgrains produced annually are packed in bags worth around Rs 6,000 crore.

Around 40 per cent of the bags produced are purchased by the through the Food Corporation of India, on behalf of different state food procuring agencies.

The country’s sector manufactures around 1.2 million tonnes of bags in a year. The installed capacity stands at nearly 1.5 million tonnes.

First Published: Tue, April 08 2014. 22:35 IST
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