A new government move will ban the cultivation of genetically engineered seeds, in an effort to reduce the amount of land devoted to crop production.
The move follows the ban on GMO crops in India’s national parks.
The move is aimed at preventing the spread of GM seeds in the country, and to encourage local farmers to grow local varieties.
The measure will take effect on October 1.
The ban is in line with a government campaign, launched last year, to discourage farmers from growing GM seeds.
Farmers are not permitted to plant them if they have not first received permission from the environment ministry.
India is a major exporter of genetically-modified seeds, which are grown in India to help fight the spread and spread of pests.
In 2017, India imported nearly 1,400 tonnes of GM seed, a third of which was imported from the US, according to the Indian government.
In the last three years, farmers in the state of West Bengal have reported growing a high number of GM plants.
Last year, farmers planted a record 9,000 GM seeds, according the state’s environmental affairs department.