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Friday, 7 December, 2001, 05:25 GMT
India allows sale of GM seeds
Officials in India say commercial sales of genetically-modified cotton seeds will soon be given the go-ahead.

This follows what are described as successful field trials in the main cotton-growing areas including the states of Maharashtra and Gujarat.

The GM variant is resistant to cotton bollworm, a pest that severely damages the cotton harvest.

Although India devotes more land to cotton than any other country in the world, its yields are well below the global average.

Environmental activists have strongly criticised the GM field trials, calling for a 10-year ban on testing and production.

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