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Modi bets on GM crops to boost farm output

India's federal govt resumes field trials for selected crops, reversing earlier ban

Grassroots groups associated with Mr Modi's Hindu nationalist BJP have opposed GM crops because of the reliance on seeds patented by multinationals.

New Delhi

ON A fenced plot not far from Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi's home, a field of mustard is in full yellow bloom, representing his government's reversal of an effective ban on field trials of genetically modified (GM) food crops.

The GM mustard planted in the half-