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BUSINESS & REGULATION: Monsanto officials beaten up by Cotton farmers as Bt.cotton seed failed: Bogus Bt. cotton seed creates havoc in vidarbha



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TITLE:   MONSANTO OFFICIALS BEATEN UP BY COTTON FARMERS AS BT.COTTON SEED FAILED: BOGUS BT. COTTON SEED CREATES HAVOC IN VIDARBHA

SOURCE:  Vidarbha Times, India

AUTHOR:  translated from news articles in Marathi

URL:     http://vidarbhatimes.blogspot.com/2011/07/normal-0-false-false-false.html

DATE:    11.07.2011

SUMMARY: "When news of arrival Monsanto senior official from Mumbai are in near village munjala cotton farmers of village karanji 140 K.m. from Nagpur has taken him to their field where complete failure of ?Paras Sudarshan? BT. cotton seed was shown to him when he failed to admit the lapse he was severely beaten up even local agriculture officer has not came to his rescue as per reports published in regional news papers. daily all regional papers in vidarbha and marathwada region of Maharashtra where more than 4 million hector are in under bt. cotton cultivation are reporting the flood of bogus seed supplied local agents of American cotton seed MNC giant"

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MONSANTO OFFICIALS BEATEN UP BY COTTON FARMERS AS BT.COTTON SEED FAILED: BOGUS BT. COTTON SEED CREATES HAVOC IN VIDARBHA

American cotton seed MNC giant Monsanto of having international monopoly of notorious killer BT. cotton seed has never even dreamed in 2005 when he was first commercial cultivation permission of it?s controversial Bt.cotton seed that it sale will jump from 1million hector to record 15 million hector in India that too more than 5 million hector in agrarian crisis hit Maharashtra itself that has crossed the turn over of Rs.15,000 crore as farmers are buying 11 packets of 450 gm per hector as per company?s guide for recommended ?population method? but the sudden demand and ill-managed Indian sub agents have brought company in big trouble as 50% of the Bt. cotton seed failed to germinate even after it?s second sowing and now cry has been started in other part of India too, hence Vidarbha Janandolan Samiti farmers advocacy group has approached local state Govt. of Maharashtra to arrange high level probe in to all complaints received from farmers of west vidarbha where more than 10
 ,000 cotton farmers have committed suicide since june 2005 after the introduction killer BT. cotton seed in this region and around Rs.10,000 crore has been pumped by Indian and state Govt. to bailout cotton farmers from the agrarian crisis which is likely to be get more fuel if corrective action are taken immediately, Kishore Tiwari of Vidarbha Janandolan Samiti informed today.

Monsanto Bt. cotton seed crisis early June when all bt. cotton seed ordered by Maharashtra dealers sold out it to the adjourning Andhra farmers and there was no seed available to cater to local market and Monsanto sub-agents were failed to respond to state Govt. request suddenly Bt. cotton seed were freely available in market in third week of June but source supply has discovered immediately by Yavatmal police when the raided house of Nerendra Indurkar in the very small village Munjala and caught raid handed packing local cotton seed in the pocket of branded Bt.cotton. police have sealed the very advance imported pocket packing machines and thousands of packets of all popular brands BT. cotton seed being sold on the premium but culprit Nerendra Indurkar were allowed to go with out any interrogation but officials of American BT. cotton seed giant in India were called and facts were told but they denied any link with such bogus BT. cotton seed supply racket.

Monsanto officials beaten up by Cotton farmers as Bt. cotton seed failed

When news of arrival Monsanto senior official from Mumbai are in near village munjala cotton farmers of village karanji 140 K.m. from Nagpur has taken him to their field where complete failure of ?Paras Sudarshan? BT. cotton seed was shown to him when he failed to admit the lapse he was severely beaten up even local agriculture officer has not came to his rescue as per reports published in regional news papers. daily all regional papers in vidarbha and marathwada region of Maharashtra where more than 4 million hector are in under bt.cotton cultivation are reporting the flood of bogus seed supplied local agents of American cotton seed MNC giant Monsanto giant is being reported but administration has failed to take any action of this serious issue hence Vidarbha Janandolan Samiti has written to Maharashtra Chief Minister Prathiraj Chavan to order judicial enquiry in the supply racket of bogus BT. cotton seed in Maharashtra and arrange to start criminal action against culprit, T
 iwari added.



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TITLE:   MAHARASHTRA AGRICULTURE MINISTER WARNS BLACK LISTING OF MAHYCO

SOURCE:  The Economic Times, India

AUTHOR:  Radhakrishna Vikhe Patil

URL:     http://articles.economictimes.indiatimes.com/2011-06-28/news/29712753_1_bt-cotton-seeds-lakh-packets-mahyco

DATE:    28.06.2011

SUMMARY: "Maharashtra agriculture minister Radhakrishna Vikhe Patil said that his government is considering black listing Mahyco company for severe irregularities in sale of seeds, especially the Bt cotton seeds. [...] He added, ?As against their contractual agreement to sale 16.5 lakh packets of Bt seeds, they have sold only 1.91 lakh packets, which is only 11.40% of their contractual commitment. This is cheating of farmers and the government.?"

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MAHARASHTRA AGRICULTURE MINISTER WARNS BLACK LISTING OF MAHYCO

PUNE: Maharashtra agriculture minister Radhakrishna Vikhe Patil said that his government is considering black listing Mahyco company for severe irregularities in sale of seeds, especially the Bt cotton seeds.

The state government has also issued written instructions to big fertiliser companies like RCF, Zuari and Dipak Fertilisers for linking sale of their other agricultural inputs with the fertiliser sale. Mahyco has denied the charges of the agriculture minister.

?Mahyco produces its seeds in this state. Yet there are so many complaints against them from the farmers and the delears. We have already filed an FIR against the company and may even suspend their license to sale seeds in the state and black list the company in Maharashtra,? said Mr Vikhe Patil.

He added, ?As against their contractual agreement to sale 16.5 lakh packets of Bt seeds, they have sold only 1.91 lakh packets, which is only 11.40% of their contractual commitment. This is cheating of farmers and the government.?

Mahyco has however denied the charges of the agriculture department. ?We have given an undertaking and promised the government of Maharashtra to provide 10.56 lakh packets of various hybrids of Bt cotton seeds for the Kharif 2011 season. As of date Mahyco has supplied 10.77 lakh packets against the agreed quantity in the districts of Maharashtra. The seed supply has exceeded the quantities indicated in the affidavit filed with the department of Agriculture. Hence, there is no breach of undertaking by the company as given to the department of agriculture,? said the company in its reply.

Maharashtra farmers have been facing severe fertiliser and seeds shortage from past two to three years. The common problem is of linking the fertiliser sale with sale of other inputs like seeds, pesticides etc. Thus, if a farmer wants to buy specific seed of specific company, he is compelled to purchase also the other inputs of the same companies.

Mr Vikhe-Patil said, ?We have complaints of linking against Zuari Industries, Dipak Fertilisers and RCF. The companies blame it on the dealers. So we have now asked the companies to take actions against the dealers to which they have agreed.?

The agricultural department has already sealed fertilisers worth Rs 24 crore of the Dipak Fertilisers company in Pune. ?We have issued stop sale notice to Dipak Fertilisers for the sealed quantity of fertilisers as some of the quantity was meant for linking purpose,? said Mr Vikhe Patil.

Meanwhile, though the farmers have collected inputs after facing much hardships, the state is lagging behind in sowing as compared to the normal sowing schedule.

As against 28% overall sowing excluding sugar cane till June 27, last year, only 9% sowing has been done during the comparable period this year. But 41% talukas, mostly in Vidarbha and Marathwada in the state have received less than 60% rainfall. As a result the sowing of pulses, cotton and soyabean is lagging behind last year?s sowing rate. Maharashtra has highest acreage of cotton and second highest acreage of soyabean and pulses.