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India is exporting only non-GMO rice to the world: Government

The government has said that India is exporting strictly Non Genetically Modified Organism -GMO rice to the world. Ministry of Commerce and Industry in a statement clarified that there is no commercial variety of Genetically Modified- GM rice in India and in fact the commercial GM cultivation of rice is banned in the country.
India is exporting only non-GMO rice to the world: Government
India is exporting only non-GMO rice to the world: Government

It said, there is no question of export of GM rice from India. Since there is no commercial variety of GM in India, proper testing was also done before shipment of the consignment and the possibility of GMO contamination due to white rice exported by India is not possible, it added.
The clarification came regarding a news report in a section of the press regarding food recalls linked to alleged GM rice from India.
As reported in the same news item this could be the conspiracy to malign the image of India as a reliable supplier of quality rice to the world.
The experts in India both from Genetic Engineering Appraisal Committee (GEAC) and Agricultural experts from the Indian Agricultural Research Institute and other rice experts in India are, however, investigating the matter but re-confirming that the commercial GM variety of rice is not grown in India

Published date : 21 Oct 2021 05:30PM