Seven leading farmer organisations have voiced the demand for rollback of the draft Licensing Guidelines as well as the format for GM technology agreements issued by Agriculture and Farmers Welfare Ministry.
The guidelines which were issued in May are now up for public comments.
A consortium of these farmer organisations, under the aegis of Rashtriya Progressive Kisan Association (RPKA), has submitted a petition signed by over 3,25,000 farmers to the ministry.
The petition alleged that "arbitrary controls" will impact research and development of technologies, which will have a profound impact on Indian agriculture, a RPKA release sad in the national capital.
"If India needs to assure its citizens of sustainable food security and low food inflation, it needs to help farmers by allowing research and development (R&D) of seeds for both cash and food crops, both by public and private technology providers," the release said.