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Mahyco may lose license to sell Bt seeds in Maharashtra

http://www.thehindubusinessline.com/industry-and-economy/agri-biz/article3631912.ece?homepage=true&ref=wl_home RAHUL WADKE SOILED FIBRE MUMBAI, JULY 12: Agriculture seed major Mahyco, which has been accused of black marketing its seeds and distributing it without informing the State Government, could well stand to lose its license to sell seeds in Maharashtra. Maharashtra’s Minister for Agriculture, Mr Radhakrishna Vikhe Patil, told Business Line that the State Government was left with no other option but to cancel the company’s licence, given the nature of the complaint. He charged that the company was involved in black marketing of Bt (Bacillus Theringuesis) cotton seeds and added that an FIR was lodged against certain company officials. A few arrests have already been made, he said. […]

Soaring costs and poor yields have made cultivation of genetically modified crop untenable

By  Latha Jishnu, Down To Earth July 6, 2012 Bhimrao Kaviram Kadam of Dhanora Tathod village in Maharashtra’s Washim district is, in more than one way, going back to his farming roots. And so is Pandurang Shende of Brahmankheda in Yavatmal district.

They are among 160 farmers across the Vidarbha region who have turned their backs on genetically modified or Bt cotton, which they have been growing for several years and plumped instead for Desi (Indian) cotton varieties.   This is a dramatic change and it has been prompted by soaring costs of inputs and poor yields that have made cultivation of Bt cotton hybrids untenable in the extremely harsh, rain-shadow […]

Bt cotton kills pests or farmers?

http://www.tehelka.com/story_main53.asp?filename=Fw050712Cotton.asp Neha Saigal says the lives of farmers are more important than the profits of MNCs Photo: Tarun Sehrawat ALSO READ Bt crops are everyone’s concern ‘Go Aheads Came On Monsanto’s Data’ IN THE 1920s, the freedom struggle was marked by Mahatma Gandhi promoting handspun khadi (cotton) and initiating a movement to boycott foreign cloth. I choose to remember this part of our struggle for independence as I feel it becomes significant and symbolic in the fight against Bt cotton. Then, it was about challenging the takeover of British imperialistic forces of our textile market, now it is about an American multinational seed giant taking control over the very basis of our […]

Pesticide use in bt cotton: Dr. Kesavraj Kranthi

Dear Dr Ramanjaneyulu, I have come across in some of your web sites A STATEMENT that there are unpublished data on pesticide usage on cotton which mention the source as Keshav Kranthi, and these are at variance with the pesticide use data. Please find herewith a link to the published document http://www.cicr.org.in/pdf/CICR_VISION_2030.pdf which has the table. I will stand completely by the pesticide use data presented in the document. I compiled the data from various sources and databases. In my view, these represent the actual pesticide use scenario. The recent increase in insecticide usage on cotton is also because of increase in area apart from the fact that several Bt-hybrids […]

Pesticide use in Bt cotton: Dr. Keshav Kranthi

Dear Dr Ramanjaneyulu, I have come across in some of your web sites A STATEMENT that there are unpublished data on pesticide usage on cotton which mention the source as Keshav Kranthi, and these are at variance with the pesticide use data. Please find herewith a link to the published document http://www.cicr.org.in/pdf/CICR_VISION_2030.pdf which has the table. I will stand completely by the pesticide use data presented in the document. I compiled the data from various sources and databases. In my view, these represent the actual pesticide use scenario. The recent increase in insecticide usage on cotton is also because of increase in area apart from the fact that several Bt-hybrids […]

పోరు వాక పొలం వదలి వీధికెక్కిన రైతన్న విత్తనం కోసం రైతన్న అగచాట్లు..

http://www.andhrajyothy.com/mainnewsshow.asp?qry=2012/jun/21/main/21main1&more=2012/jun/21/main/main&date=6/21/2012 ధర్నాలు, ఆందోళనలు, నిలదీతలు మార్చిలోనే చేతులెత్తేసిన మహికో.. ప్రత్యామ్నాయంపై సర్కారు ఉదాసీనత బ్లాక్ మార్కెట్ పాపం డీలర్లదే అంటున్న విత్తన కంపెనీలు వరంగల్ జిల్లాలో సోదాలు.. ‘నల్ల’ విత్తనాల పట్టివేత, కేసులు నమోదు ఖరీఫ్ పర్యవేక్షణపై మంత్రి కన్నా దృష్టి.. అమెరికా పర్యటన రద్దు రుతు పవనాలకు ‘ఎల్‌నినో’ గండం.. ఆగస్టు చివరి నుంచి ప్రతికూలతలు? కృష్ణా డెల్టాకు నీటి కష్టాలు.. ఇన్‌పుట్ సబ్సిడీపై సీఎం సమీక్ష పంపిణీ వేగవంతం చేయాలని ఆదేశం.. సరిపడా ఎరువులున్నాయని భరోసా ఏరువాక… దానితోపాటే మొదలైన పోరువాక! విత్తనాల దగ్గరే రైతు చిత్తు చిత్తు! విత్తనాలున్నాయని ప్రభుత్వం చెబుతుంది. కానీ… రైతు కోరుకునే విత్తనాలు మాత్రం బ్లాక్ మార్కెట్‌కు వెళ్లిపోయాయి. ఈ సమస్య అలా ఉండగానే… ఎరువుల దరువు మొదలైంది. బుధవారం అటు విత్తనాలు, ఎరువుల ధరలపై పలు జిల్లాల్లో రైతులు రోడ్డెక్కారు. ఆందోళనలకు దిగారు. విత్తన సమస్యపై మంగళవారం ఏబీఎన్‌లో మంత్రి కన్నా లక్ష్మీనారాయణతో రైతులు స్వయంగా తమ గోడు వినిపించుకున్నారు. బ్లాక్ మార్కెట్ బండారాన్ని బయటపెట్టారు. […]

Jairam Ramesh, farm lobby in war of words over Bt cotton

Posted: Tue, Jun 19 2012. 10:30 PM IST Jacob P. Koshy New Delhi: Rural development minister Jairam Ramesh has rebuked an industry lobby for selectively using his recent comments on genetically modified cotton “to its advantage.” Ramesh said in a seminar on 12 June that there was a structural shift in India’s cotton economy and a comprehensive study was necessary to understand the relative roles of better irrigation, weather and the availability of different cotton varieties to understand how India had gone on to become the second largest cotton exporter in the world. It was remarkable that in spite of activists arguing that Bt cotton was a failure, a large […]

Rs 8,000 crore seed sector braces for a hit as farmers shun cotton

http://economictimes.indiatimes.com/news/economy/agriculture/rs-8000-crore-seed-sector-braces-for-a-hit-as-farmers-shun-cotton/articleshow/13680051.cms PUNE: India’s Rs 8,000-crore seed sector is bracing for a hit because farmers shun cotton this summer after expanding the acreage for two consecutive years. Cotton prices have hovered around the minimum support price for most of the current season, putting farmers in distress. BT cotton’s loss in the battle for acres has enormous corporate interest because it rakes in a third of the seed industry’s revenues. The seed industry has seen maximum private equity interest in the last three years compared to the rest of the farm input value chain. Initial trends show a decline in cotton acreage. According to the Haryana agriculture department, sowing in the state has been completed […]

India loses faith in GM cotton: Guardian

Maharashtra state government orders German seed company to compensate farmers as cotton hybrids fail to deliver http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2012/may/15/india-gm-cotton-bayer?newsfeed=true Julien Bouissou Guardian Weekly, Tuesday 15 May 2012 13.59 BST White revolution … but the promise of GM cotton in India has not been realised. Photograph: Sam Panthaky /AFP Ten years after it was introduced to India, genetically modified cotton is not living up to its promise. It is vulnerable to new diseases and yields are not as great as expected. The government of Andhra Pradesh announced that for almost two-thirds of land under cultivation, the 2011 harvest was down by half on the previous year. In a departure, the government of Maharashtra state, and a court in neighbouring Madhya […]

Reaping gold through cotton, and newsprint: P. SAINATH

http://www.thehindu.com/opinion/op-ed/article3401466.ece?homepage=true A facsimile of The Times of India’s August 28, 2011 page with the ‘marketing feature’ on Bt Cotton. The same full page appeared twice in three years, the first time as news, the second time as an advertisement “Not a single person from the two villages has committed suicide.” Three and a half years ago, at a time when the controversy over the use of genetically modified seeds was raging across India, a newspaper story painted a heartening picture of the technology’s success. “There are no suicides here and people are prospering on agriculture. The switchover from the conventional cotton to Bollgard or Bt Cotton here has led to […]

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