Bhopal: Madhya Pradesh government has decided to ban the field trial of Genetically Modified (GM) crops in the state.
Madhya Pradesh Agriculture Minister Ramkrishna Kusmaria informed Union Environment Minister Jairam Ramesh about the state government’s decision.

MP becomes the second state after Bihar to officially oppose GM crops.

A private company Monsanto was to conduct the trial of GM variety of maize after getting the approval of Genetic Engineering Approval Committee (GEAC). Shivraj Singh Chauhan became active after several organisations threatened to launch agitation against the trial.

In his letter to Jairam Ramesh, Kusmaria wrote:  “GM Technique and field trials of GM crops trials are hazardous to health and environment. State government has decided to keep the state free from GM food.”

“Central government has left the decision on trial of GM crops on states. Bihar had banned such trials on that basis. In order to give a clear message that MP is against such trials, MP has decided to ban it.”

The decision of MP government is likely to come up for discussion in the meeting of GEAC, schedules for May 11 in New Delhi.

(JPN/Bureau)