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India delays renewing marketing licences for Monsanto's transgenic seeds
April 13, 2005
CP Wire
BANGALORE, India (AP) - A Monsanto official, who spoke on condition of anonymity, was cited as saying the Indian government on Wednesday deferred a decision on renewing marketing licences for three Monsanto seeds and fresh approval for nine others, jeopardizing sales of the transgenic seeds for the sowing season beginning in June.
The story explains that the Genetic Engineering Approval Committee, a federal regulator, met Wednesday to discuss applications from Indian partners of the U.S. agribusiness Monsanto Co., seeking renewal of licences for three existing varieties of seeds and new approval for 11 more.
The story adds that the official didn't elaborate on what happened at the five-hour meeting of the committee, which has been under pressure from environmental groups like Greenpeace to ban the use of Monsanto seeds in India. Government officials could not be immediately reached for comment.
The deferment came months after the southern Andhra Pradesh state asked Monsanto to compensate farmers who, it said, lost money by sowing transgenic cotton. Monsanto has disputed the claim.

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