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Govt soon to make GM mustard stance public, develop more varieties

This is seen critical to Modi's goal of attaining self-sufficiency in edible oils as currently govt spends arounf $12 bn annually on vegetable oil imports

Reuters  |  New Delhi 

The Indian government will soon make public its stance on allowing the commercial cultivation of genetically modified (GM) mustard - what could be its first transgenic food crop - and "ideology" will not influence the decision, a minister said. The mustard variety has been developed by a group of New Delhi scientists over the past decade, and Environment Minister Anil Madhav Dave said India would also come up with other GM food as its population increases and arable land shrinks. "You'll get to know about our view on GM mustard very soon," Dave, whose ...

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First Published: Fri, September 02 2016. 20:13 IST