The Central Committee on assessment and investigation of spread of unapproved BG-3 cotton trait hailed Telangana government’s efforts to curb its entry into the market through various methods, including constitution of a special task force.
Speaking to Telangana Today from New Delhi, Seed Certification Agency Director Dr K Keshavulu said the committee highlighted the importance of taking action against widespread cultivation of unapproved BG-3 cotton in the country. He said the State government identified the entry of the unapproved trait and alerted the Central government and other States.
Keshavulu said the committee directed all States to take stringent measures to destroy BG-3 in fields, stock points and in other places. He said based on the directions of Principal Secretary (Agriculture) C Parthasarathi, a detailed report on BG-3 cotton and its ecological impact was submitted to the Central government, which became a guiding factor for the committee to take decisions.
He said the task force constituted by Telangana was conducting raids on stock points, fields and shops across the State and seized BG-3 cotton, apart from registering cases.