Years after Bt cotton, GEAC clears environmental release of GM mustard

Approves environmental release; calls for further studies

The GEAC said on the website that the recommendation to release GM mustard is for four years from the date of issue of the approval letter.

DMH-11 has been shown to deliver 30 per cent higher yields than existing varieties

Sanjeeb Mukherjee New Delhi
The Genetic Engineering Appraisal Committee (GEAC) has recommended the environmental release of the genetically modified (GM) mustard variety DMH (Dhara Mustard Hybrid)-11, paving the way for the commercialisation of the country’s first GM food crop.

The GEAC said the recommendation was valid for four years from the date the approval letter was issued. Further studies and coordinated trials will have to be conducted jointly with the Indian Council of Agriculture Research (ICAR) within two years, according to the minutes of the GEAC meeting held on October 18, which was released on Wednesday.

The move is expected to face stiff opposition from environmental activists and groups like the Swadeshi Jagran Manch (SJM), an affiliate of the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS).

First Published: Oct 26 2022 | 8:01 PM IST

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