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GMO-FREE REGIONS & POLICY: Kerala (India) says no to genetically modified seeds






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TITLE:  KERALA SAYS NO TO GENETICALLY MODIFIED SEEDS

SOURCE: The Hindu, India

AUTHOR: Press Trust of India, India

URL:    http://www.hinduonnet.com/thehindu/holnus/015200812181581.htm

DATE:   18.12.2008

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KERALA SAYS NO TO GENETICALLY MODIFIED SEEDS

Thiruvananthapuram (PTI): Opposing any type of trial-runs of genetically modified seeds in the state, the CPI(M) led LDF government in Kerala has asked the Centre to declare the State as ?G M free? State in the country.

It was the government?s declared policy that genetically modified seeds would not be allowed to be cultivated either on experimental basis or otherwise in the state, Agriculture Minister Mullakara Ratnakaran told the Assembly while replying to a submission.

Instructions have been issued to officials to see that such seeds were not used in the state, Ratnakaran said referring to reports that genetically modified seeds were being ?experimented? in Palakkad district.

Ratnakaran said the seeds developed at the Pattambi Paddy Seed Research Centre under Agriculture University have not been handed over to any private players.

The University had also been instructed to seek the government?s prior permission if they want to give the seeds developed to institutions outside the country or State for any purpose, Ratnakaran said replying to the submission of Kovoor Kunjumon.


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