GM mustard commercial launch decision likely by Sep, govt tells SC.

The Centre informed the Supreme Court that a decision on the commercial release of genetically modified mustard seed is likely to be taken in September, as farmers typically begin sowing the crop in October. If the decision is in favour of the release, then it will hear the plea against the commercial launch of genetically modified mustard seed in the second week of September. Right now, the government has only 15 kg of GM mustard seed, enough to cultivate about 10 ha, but the environment damage that these 15 kg seeds alone will do in the long run will be irreversible.