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ICAR to begin evaluating genetically modified Bt cotton
Apr '17
The Genetic Engineering Appraisal Committee (GEAC) under the environment ministry has decided to transfer the responsibility of evaluating and approving genetically modified Bt cotton to the Indian Council of Agricultural Research (ICAR). A standing committee in the Department of Biotechnology (DBT) was shouldering this responsibility until now.

ICAR will be responsible for evaluating, approving and monitoring Bt cotton hybrids along with confirming the presence of approved gene. The organization has also given its consent for the same.

The volume of applications for releasing hybrids shot up in GEAC after 2005 and thus, a sub-committee was set up to review Bt cotton under chairman CD Mayee, said media reports citing sources.

A recommendation was then made to set up an Event-based Approval Mechanism (EBAM) for releasing Bt cotton hybrids. The committee was being services by the DBT standing committee until now.

The approval for the first Bt cotton crop was given in April 2002 after reviewing its biosafety and carrying out field trials. (KD)

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