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TITLE:  Farmers thrash seed company officials
SOURCE: Newindpress, India
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DATE:   4 Jul 2005

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Farmers thrash seed company officials

KHAMMAM - The honeymoon with the Bt cotton seems to be over in the
district. Repeated failure of the Bt cotton to yield the desired results
have driven the farmers to the edge and have placed the officials of the
agriculture department in quandary.

Enraged farmers in the district, furious with the BT cottonseeds failing
to germinate vented their ire against the representatives of the seed
company on Saturday. They stormed the agriculture department office and
thrashed the representatives of the seed company.

They alleged that more than 50 percent of the 14,000 BT cotton packets
distributed in the district failed to germinate. They were also peeved
that company ditched them in spite of being recognised by the government.

Trouble began when hundreds of farmers from neighbouring villages
gathered at the office of the joint director of agriculture in
anticipation of the compensation package. The seed company officials
declared that compensation would be paid even if 25 percent of the seeds
fail to germinate.

The farmers entered into heated arguments with the company officials and
even as the local representatives were explaining the situation to the
company higher ups, the farmers began to manhandle them.

The police arrived and quelled the agitation.

MLA T Veerabhadram and other leaders were holding discussions with the
officials of the agriculture department.


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TITLE:  Fake BT cotton seeds recovered
SOURCE: Newindpress, India
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DATE:   1 Jul 2005

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Fake BT cotton seeds recovered

KHAMMAM - Khammam deputy superintendent of police Bhandari seized fake BT
seeds from a shop in Daba Bajar here, Jeelacheruvu and Gopalaraopet
villages of the Kusumanchi mandals on Thursday.

The raids were conducted following the uproar of farmers over menace of
fake BT seeds in the district.

As the demand for BT cotton seeds is growing due to increase in cotton
cultivation area in Yeskuru, Julurupadu, Telkulapalli, Karepalli,
Tallada, Kusumanchi, Tirumalayapalem, Garla, Bayyaram, Khammam rural,
Kothagudem and Chundrugonda mandals, the fake seeds dealers are making a
fastbuck.

The farmers of Chundrugonda mandal complained to the officials that Rs 8
lakh worth fake seeds were sold in the mandal.

Joint Director of Agriculture Md Yousuf said efforts are on to initiate
further steps to curb the selling of fake seeds in the district.

He said 10 special squads were formed for this purpose and a special cell
was functioning in district headquarters to monitor the situation.




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