September 22, 2003

 

 

India Not Against Genetically Modified Crops

India's Agriculture Secretary R.C.A. Jain said Sunday the government is not against genetically modified crops.

   

"India has already allowed GM cotton, and trials on other crops are going on. Once the tests succeed, the nod will be given for the planting of other GM crops in India," Jain said, speaking at the annual edible oil conference Globoil 2003.

   

No specific details were given of the types of GMO crops being tested.

   

The introduction of GMO crops would lead to an improvement in productivity, Jain added, without elaborating.