AHMEDABAD, India, November
5, 2003 -- CropChoice news -- The Times of India, 11/05/03:
A team of agricultural scientists and government officials will
soon visit the state to study the failure of the biotech cotton
crop and especially in its 'fighting of pests'.
The secretary to the department of biotechnology, under the ministry
of science and technology, said on Monday that the Centre would
take further steps based on the report of this team.
The decision comes close on heels of the Sabarkantha MP Madhusudan
Mistry's recent letter to the Centre, depicting the failure of cotton
Bollguard-162's in his constituency.
In his letter, Mistry had pointed to the despair of Sabarkantha
farmers after their BT cotton variety Bollguard-162, sold by Mahyco
Monsanto Biotech India Ltd., failed miserably.
Mistry on Monday said the Mahyco-Monsanto had sold 1,04,031 packets
of 400 grams seeds in Gujarat. Out of these 7,640 packets were sold
in Sabarkantha, 15,921 packets in Rajkot, 28,348 packets in Bhavnagar
and 11,564 packets in Amreli districts.
In order to make an effective and strong representation on this
issue, a meeting of farmers growing BT cotton has been organized
at Himmatnagar on November 15, he added.