Imports of GM soymeal via three more ports
GS Paper - 2 (Economy)
India allowed imports of genetically modified (GM) soymeal through three more ports, according to a government order, facilitating overseas purchases of the animal feed in large volumes.
- New Delhi last month allowed imports of GM soymeal for the first time to help the poultry industry, which is reeling from a surge in local soymeal prices that tripled in a year to a record high.
- But the government permitted overseas purchases of the animal feed only through the Nhava Sheva Port, primarily for containers.
- This government order said that besides the Nhava Sheva Port, traders could now import soymeal via the Mumbai Sea Port, the Tuticorin Sea Port and the Visakhapatnam Sea Port.
- India has contracted to import 250,000 tonnes of soymeal, including 15,000 tonnes that Indian dealers had shipped out only two months ago.
- There are three types of GM foods, one with Genetically Modified Organism (GMO), second with Living Modified Organism (LMO) and third with Non-Living Modified Organism (NLMO).
- The soyameal is NLMO. The Environment Ministry has said it has no impact on human and animal health as well as on the environment.