Thursday, February 7, 2013

CM's stance on GM crops will hit farmers: Tikait

source TOI

LUCKNOW: Bharatiya Kisan Union general secretary Rakesh Tikait on Monday said farmers are shocked and dismayed that chief minister has taken up the cause of the industry promoting genetically modified (GM) crops, which would be highly detrimental to farmers. He demanded that government should not allow field trials of the GM crops and if it does, farmers will burn the trial field.

Addressing media persons, Tikait said introduction of GM technology in farming will not only jeopardise safety of human/animal health but also the environment which is critical for the success of farming in India. The BKU has requested chief minister to promote the solutions which ensures economic sustainability to farmers, ecological sustainability, access and control of productive resources by farmers and non toxic, nutritious and diverse food for all Indians.

National co-convener of coalition for GM-free India, Pankaj Bhushan said "Given the socio economic realities and lack of proper regulatory system in the country, it has been highlighted by credible organisations and individuals time and again that GM crops is not the right way forward for sustainable development of our farming and farmers. At the same time it has been shown that food security in India is more importantly an issue of distribution, purchasing power rather than production alone". So far, Bihar, Madhya Pradesh, Karnataka, Kerala, Odisha, Sikkim, Uttarakhand and some other states have already banned the GM seeds and their trials in the states, because agriculture is a state subject, he added.

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