ry Agencies. He said Bt cotton is the first GM crop in the country, which is making us to pass through learning phase. Sale of illegal/ spurious seeds insect resistant management, compliance of conditions etc. are various issues that will be taken care of by the Ministry.
This Ministry is the Nodal Ministry for implementation of Cartagena Protocol on Bio-Safety. This is an International Agreement under Convention of biological diversity. The Ministry is also implementing a World Bank GEF capacity building project on bio-safety which includes strengthening the national capacity for effective legislative frame-work, operational mechanism, establishing bio-safety data base and supporting a network for research in the area of risk assessment and monitoring.
The Committee Members appreciated the presentation on Bio-safety Regulation of Living Modified Organisms as well as Genetically Modified Organisms in India. They inquired about the Authority, which will monitor and control Bio-Safety assessments of transgenic crops. Welcoming the higher production of Bt cotton, Members suggested to improve the quality of long staple in cotton.
Earlier, Members also sought the action taken on the projects and progress, which were discussed during the last Consultative Committee Meeting. Concluding the Meeting, Shri Meena said that Bio-technology has the potential for ensuring food security, decreased pressure on land use, increased crop yields and reduced use of water and agrochemicals in agriculture. Genetic engineering offers benefits for agriculture, medical treatments, new industrial products, improved fibers and fuels, Shri Mahaveer Bhagora, Dushyant Singh, Basudeb Barman, from Lok Sabha and Shri R.Shunmugasundaram from Rajya Sabha attended the Meeting.
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