14 September 2022, New Delhi: The Soybean Processors Association of India (SOPA) highlighted the details of a consignment imported in India having genetically modified Soybean which is prohibited under the rules of import as per the Foreign Trade Policy.
In a written representation sent to Mr. Pramod Meherda, Joint Secretary, Plant Protection and Quarantine of the Ministry of Agriculture, SOPA shared the details of the vessel, the port of discharge, item imported, quantity along with importer’s details.
There are a lot of companies importing GM soybean, however SOPA highlighted one of the consignment details to the authority to check.
The consignment is known to have about 17 thousand metric tonnes of GM Soybean imported by Make India Impex, Mumbai.
The association’s Executive Director, Mr D. N. Pathak has asked the authority to take action against the illegal import as such imports if permitted will destroy soybean cultivation in India
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