India ranks 5th in global cultivation of GM crops

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As per the report of International Service for the Acquisition of Agri-biotech Applications, 2018, India ranks 5th in the global cultivation of GM crops. Bt. cotton is the only GM crop approved for commercial cultivation in the Country. The State-wise area under Bt. cotton cultivation during the last three years is at Annexure-I.

The approval of any new genetically modified crop is given on a case to case basis after thorough scientific evaluation of health and environment safety as per applicable guidelines made under Environment (Protection) Act, 1986 and Rules, 1989.

Annexure-I

State wise area under Bt. cotton cultivation during last three years:

                                                                                                 (Area in lakh hectare)

STATE 2015-16 2016-17 2017-18
Andhra Pradesh 6.50 4.59 6.41
Telangana 16.61 13.80 18.84
Madhya Pradesh 4.86 5.39 4.82
Gujarat 26.23 20.25 22.49
Maharashtra 34.40 32.35 37.86
Karnataka 4.87 3.03 4.50
Tamil Nadu 0.99 1.08 1.80
Punjab 3.33 2.43 2.86
Haryana 5.27 3.64 6.21
Rajasthan 3.56 2.87 4.96
Total Area 106.62 89.43 110.75

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Source: Directorate of Cotton Development, Nagpur

This Information was given by the Minister of State for Ministry of Agriculture & Farmers Welfare Shri Gajendra Singh Shekhawat