No commercial cultivation of Bt brinjal: Yeddyurappa

BANGALORE: The commercialisation of Bt brinjal will not be allowed in Karnataka and it will be conveyed to the Centre, Chief Minister B.S. Yeddyurappa assured a delegation comprising many eminent personalities that met him here on Wednesday.His assurance assumes importance in the light of the scheduled public consultation on the issue of allowing commercial cultivation of Bt. brinjal scheduled to be held in Bangalore on January 25.

The delegation comprised Supreme Court-appointed observer to the Genetic Engineering Approval Committee (GEAC) Pushpa M. Bhargava, former Vice-Chancellor of University of Agricultural Sciences G.K. Veeresh and Karnataka Rajya Raitha Sangha leader Kodihalli Chandrashekar.
“The State Government will take a decision on the introduction of commercial cultivation of Bt. brinjal only after wider consultations with experts and the public. Several States had opposed Bt brinjal on human health and environmental grounds,” the Chief Minister said.

“While some experts supported its commercial cultivation, others had opposed it since a large number of people consume it.After Bt. cotton, there has been protests against the cultivation of Bt brinjal,” he added.