Stop sale of Bt cotton seeds (16/6/2006)

'Stop sale of BT cotton seeds'
New India Press, Friday June 16 2006

DAVANAGERE: Karnataka Rajya Raitha Sangha has decided to burn BT Cotton plantation, if both the state and central government does not stop sale of Bolgard cotton seeds and all other genetically modified seeds in the state, said its state president Chukki Nanjundaswamy.

After taking part in two-day Farmers' Study and Training Centre held here on Wednesday, she said after distributing BT cotton seeds to farmers in 1995 they were started to complaining about poor yield and losses, hence Raitha Sangha activists had taken up burning these plants.

Now again sangha is forced to resort the same agitation.

It was evident majority of farmers who committed suicide in Karnataka and Maharashtra were none other than who had grown cotton with BT cotton seeds.

However, the sangha had decided to make villages free from poison and chemical hazards.

An awareness campaign will be taken up in this regard and also importance of producing local seeds to save bio-agriculture methods.

Multi national giants like Monsanto, Bayer and Dupant, Syngenta have been pressurising UPA government to introduce Seeds Bill-2004 at early as above companies have grip of over 75 percent seed sale in Asia, South America and other nations, she said.


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