India has renewed permission for commercial sale of three varieties of GMO cotton in three states for another two years, an official said on Wednesday.



India's Genetic Engineering Approval Committee has approved the sale of three varieties of transgenic cotton for the states of Madhya Pradesh, Gujarat and Maharashtra, according to an environment ministry spokesman.



In 2002, after years of trials. Maharashtra Hybrid Seed Co., 26 percent owned by Monsanto Co., was allowed to sell GMO cotton in southern and central states.



The environment ministry spokesman said the committee had, however, decided not to renew permission to market GMO cotton in the southern state of Andhra Pradesh.



The committee in March allowed cultivation of Bt cotton in the northern states of Punjab, Haryana and Rajasthan.



A Monsanto spokeswoman said the company had not received any official communication from the committee on its decisions.



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