Consider the following statements:

  1. DMH-11 is the genetically modified (GM) mustard hybrid developed in India
  2. The approval of Genetic Engineering Appraisal Committee (GEAC) is mandatory for testing GM crops in farmer fields
  3. GM Mustard is the second crop only after BT cotton to get approval for commercial planting in India

Which of the above statements is/are correct?

Answer: [A] 1 & 2 Only

Dhara Mustard Hybrid-11 (DMH-11) is the genetically modified (GM) mustard hybrid developed by researchers at the Delhi University. Third statement is incorrect because the crop has still not received the approval for commercial planting in India. Second statement is correct because Genetic Engineering Appraisal Committee (GEAC) is India’s regulator of GM crops, and its approval is mandatory for testing GM crops in farmer fields.

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