Indian concern at GMO trial approval delays
A consortium of Indian agricultural biotechnology companies has urged the country’s Environment Minister to convene a special meeting of the Genetic Engineering Appraisal Committee (GEAC), reports Indian newspaper The Times of India. The consortium of 14 leading companies, Able-Ag, made the appeal as the GEAC had cancelled its June meeting. No meeting was held in April and the field trial agenda was not discussed at the meeting in May. That is having an impact on field trials to be held in the kharif (summer) season. Able-Ag has expressed concern over mounting applications for field trial approvals since April and stressed that timely approvals are necessary to generate reliable data about efficacy, safety and agronomic performance of the products without losing one year. A separate letter has also been sent to the Agriculture Minister. The next meeting of the GEAC is scheduled to be held in July.