Federated Farmers say farmers should have the right to decide if they want to use genetically modified technology.

The group wants Hawkes Bay to stop its charge towards becoming a GM-free food-producing region.

Federate Farmers said it should be left to the Government to deal with the issue on a national scale.

Vice-president William Rolleston said putting a blanket ban on GM organisms would be unfair to farmers, who should have the right to decide for themselves.