Consider the following pulses:

  1. Chick-pea
  2. Pigeon-pea
  3. Black gram
  4. Green gram

Recently, the Group of Secretaries (GoS) on "Farmer Centric Issues in Agriculture and Allied Sectors" has recommended promoting the genetically modified varieties of which of the above?

Answer: [A] Only 1 & 2

In February 2016, a Group of Secretaries (GoS) on "Farmer Centric Issues in Agriculture and Allied Sectors" has recommended the promotion and time bound deregulaiton for two transgenic insect pest-resistant pulses viz. GM chickpea (chana) and GM pigeon-pea (arhar). The NDA government has created eight different groups to deliberate on various important themes. Out of these two vaietries, the first GM chickpea (chana) has been developed by Assam Agricultural University, Jorhat. The Second GM crop is pigeon-pea (arhar), which has been developed by the International Crops Research Institute for Semi-Arid Tropics (ICRISAT), Hyderabad.

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