FAILURE OF MONSANTO'S BT COTTON. BT-TECHNOLOGY FROM MONSANTO AND SEEDS FROM RASI SEEDS.
Monsanto’s BT Cotton crops and the seeds these cotton was sold by Rasi seed company in Perundurai and Gobichettipalayam blocks in Erode district, Tamil Nadu were failed. Nichampalayam is a small village where small and marginal farmers traditionally cultivate cotton for several decades. They cultivated BT cotton this year by sowing RCH 2 BT and Jabardasth –RCH 530 –BT II hybrid seeds from Rasi seed company. These seeds were produced by the company by using Monsanto’s Genetic engineering technology.
Leafs of the cotton crops became red after two plugging and all the plants lodged. The plants dried within a week after lodging. Total yield was only around 5-6 quintals per acre. Farmers met heavy economic loss. Thamizhaga Vivasayigal Sangam complained to Erode district collector on 30.01.2009. Based on our complaint Scientists from Tamil Nadu Agriculture University (TNAU) and Central Institute Cotton Research ( CICR) inspected the failed cotton fields in Perundurai and Gobichettpalayam blocks in Erode District.
The scientists inspected the field on 3rd of Februry, 2009 and submitted a report after 10 days. I have accompanied the scientists during their field inspection. They did not take the soil or the affected plants for the inspection. They asked some complicated questions from the farmers like how many leaves and bolls in a plant and how many bolls were expected by the farmers as yield etc.
The scientists in their report said that the reddening of the leafs and lodging of the plants were due to the deficiency of nutrients in the soil and deficiency of micro nutrients particularly magnesium. They have simply put the blame on the farmers. The report came not as the outcome of their scientific research but their loyalty to their Boss Monsanto, because the University is carrying out researches in favour of Monsanto. TNAU is funded by World Bank. US Aid , Monsanto , Rockefeller foundation etc. These are the institutions and International financial Intuitions funding Indian Agricultural research instructions to transform research in favour of the Transnational Agri business companies.
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The link for the Hindu news on the failed BT Cotton crop and complaint.
The link for the Hindu news on S.Kannaiyan’s press release.
The link for The Hindu News on the scientists visit.
The link for the Hindu report on the scientists report
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