Senior members of the Confederation of Indian Industry today issued a statement expressing strong concern over the illegal use of genetically-modified cotton in Gujarat.

In a news release, confederation chiefs said such a move was a clear violation of regulations and it was imperative that genetically-modified crops were adequately tested and released for commercial use only after satisfying all the necessary environmental conditions.

Using genetically modified crops may result in higher yields, but it should be ensured that regulations are not blatantly flouted, it said, adding that surreptitious use of GM seeds would jeopardise the larger interests of the fledgling bio-tech industry and that such offences should be severely dealt with.

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