India - Agricultural biotechnology, annual report
New Delhi, India
September 15, 2011
USDA/FAS GAIN report IN 1197
Bt cotton is the only commercially approved biotech crop in India – a total of six events and more than 300 hybrids have been approved for commercial cultivation. Bt cotton accounts for over 90 percent of the total cotton area under cultivation. There has not been any significant progress on the approval of Bt eggplant since the Ministry of Environment and Forest announced a moratorium on its approval in February, 2010. Recently, the Genetic Engineering Appraisal Committee (GEAC) decided that applications for biotech crop field trials will need prior permission from state governments before seeking approval from GEAC.
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Published: October 17, 2011