Biotech Updates

Updates on Biotechnology Adoption in India

December 14, 2022

India remains undecided on adopting more genetically engineered crops, even if the regulatory authorities have granted environmental release approvals to GE eggplant and mustard. This report is according to the Agricultural Biotechnology Annual - 2022 for India by the Global Agricultural Information Network (GAIN).

Insect resistant Bt cotton remains the only GE crop approved for commercial planting in India. Soy and canola oils derived from GE plants, along with some food ingredients from microbial biotechnology, are approved for importation. In August 2021, India's Ministry of Commerce and Industry granted approval for the import of 1.2 million metric tons of crushed and de-oiled soy cakes derived from GE soybeans. However, India has not allowed market access for similar products like distillers' dried grains with solubles (DDGS) derived from GE corn and imports of GE alfalfa hay.

For more information, download a copy of the report Agricultural Biotechnology Annual 2022 for India.

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