Monsanto's license suspended by Bihar Government

 

Wednesday, April 3, 2003 -- CropChoice news -- Rediff.com: US company Monsanto's license has been suspended by the Bihar government in response to accusations that Monsanto supplied substandard or contaminated seeds to farmers. Monsanto's Kargil 900 m' maize crop cultivated over 140,000 hectares of land in Bihar has failed and the state government has ordered an inquiry into the fiasco.

Lured by the promise of high yield - 80 to 85 quintal per acre - the farmers of flood-affected districts of Darbhanga Sitamarhi, Muzaffarpur, Madhubani, East Champaran and West Champaran sowed Kargil seeds on a large scale...

For more information: http://www.rediff.com/money/2003/apr/02maize.htm and http://www.rediff.com/money/2003/apr/03maize.htm