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TITLE:  RELAX STRINGENT NORMS FOR GM COTTON TRIALS: CICR

SOURCE: The Hindu, India

AUTHOR: Press Trust of India

URL:    http://www.hindu.com/thehindu/holnus/015200708270340.htm

DATE:   27.08.2007

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RELAX STRINGENT NORMS FOR GM COTTON TRIALS: CICR

New Delhi, Aug. 27 (PTI): Expressing its inability to conduct large scale trials of transgenic cotton within the norms defined in a Supreme Court order, a prominent research institute has urged the Centre to intervene in the matter. The Nagpur-based Central Institute of Cotton Research (CICR), in a meeting of the Genetic Engineering Approval Committee (GEAC), the apex body for clearing genetically modified crops, said the ”stringent” norms for test protocols defined in the court order ”has proved to be a major setback in the research and development of transgenic crops”. The Supreme Court, on May 8 this year, stipulated that an isolation distance of 200 metres should be maintained during field trials of GM crops. Prior to the field trials, the court also directed the concerned company or the institution to submit a validated protocol for contamination at a LoD (level of detection) of 0.01 per cent. However, claiming that the need for a validated protocol to detect at least 0.01 per cent genetic contamination cannot be applicable for crops such as cotton, the CICR has urged the Centre to do away with this norm. ”The court order has proved to be a major setback in the research and development of transgenic crops in public institutions with limited resources and development,” the CICR said at the 79th meeting of the GEAC held recently.



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TITLE:  INDIA: COTTON PRODUCTION EXPECTED TO REACH 10 MILLION BALES

SOURCE: Bharat Textile, India

AUTHOR: 

URL:    http://www.bharattextile.com/newsitems/2005630

DATE:   26.08.2007

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INDIA: COTTON PRODUCTION EXPECTED TO REACH 10 MILLION BALES

AHMEDABAD: Gujarat is expecting to cross 10 million bales in the new crop season beginning Oct 1. It will be kind of achieving a landmark in cotton cultivation.?The state will reaffirm its number one status in India as the biggest cotton producer. The cotton crop is flourishing at the cost of two essential commodities - groundnut and pulses.

”The state would cross 10 million bales of cotton output in the coming season. Everything is normal and the weather is highly favourable. However, a complete picture will be available only by mid-October,” Himmat Shah, chairman of the Ahmedabad Cotton Association, said.

Arunbhai, a cotton broker in the city, said ”With the excellent weather, the increase in acreage alone would guarantee a harvest of 11 million bales in the state.” He also said with such a bumper crop, Indian cotton export would increase to about 4.6 million bales.

According to the Cotton Advisory Board for the 2006-07 cotton season which ends on Aug 31, Gujarat produced 9.3 million bales, followed by Maharashtra with an output of 5.2 million bales and Andhra Pradesh with 3.2 million bales.

Gujarat government had made efforts to regain the area under groundnut and pulses that was lost to cotton and reversing the output decline in the two essential commodities. The total output of cotton in India in the last season was 27 million bales of 170 kg each, compared to 24.4 million bales in the previous season.

Gujarat farmers have continued to repose their faith in genetically modified (GM) Bt cotton and today cotton is cultivated in 2.5 million hectares. ?The switch to cotton, however, has had an adverse impact on the edible oil situation in the state. Groundnut production fell sharply by about 15 per cent in the state last year.


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