Health Desk- Feb 26, 2019: Environmental activists on Monday called upon the government to not release genetically modified Golden Rice in the country.
The release of genetically modified (GM) crop BT Brinjal did not yield expected result, and farmers were not benefitted, they said at a press conference.
Development organisation Ubinig along with Naya Krishi Andolon and Narigrantha Prabartana arranged the press conference on “Transgenic Seed: Bangladesh's Danger” at the capital's Jatiya Press Club.
The speakers also demanded that concerned government authority release a report on whether environment ministry's clauses for approving BT Brinjal have been maintained properly.
Reading out a written statement, Ubinig Executive Director Farida Akhter said some claims were made during the release of BT Brinjal, including it would be insect-proof. But those claims were proven wrong.
Only 13 of the farmers continued its cultivation in 2015-16. Five of them continued it in 2016-17, and three in 2017.
Farmers alleged that the crop did not yield as much as expected, while some crops also rotted in the field during cultivation, Farida said, referring to the survey report.
Besides, no assessment was made in the areas on whether GM crop cultivation caused any harm to local environment and soil, she added.