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Indian court denies immediate GM crop trial ban

The Indian Supreme Court on has refused to impose any moratorium on field trials of genetically modified crops for this year’s rabi (winter) sowing season, national media report. The Technical Experts Committee (TEC) appointed by the Court recommended last week a ten-year ban on field trials on GM food crops and suspension of trials on other GM crops and herbicide-tolerant crops pending the meeting of certain conditions ( Agrow No 651, p 16). The Court has asked the central government, farmers’ associations and the consortium of Indian agbiotech companies, Able-Ag, to submit their responses to the TEC report by November 7th, before the next hearing on the matter on November 9th.

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