India delays renewing
marketing licences for Monsanto's transgenic seeds
April 13, 2005
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
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
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