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Maharashtra farmers begin pro-GM crop agitation

HTBT cotton sowed in Wardha district

The Shetkari Sanghatana (SS), the apex body of farmers in Maharashtra, introduced pro-GM crop agitation by sowing HTBT cotton in Murgaon Khose village in Wardha district these days.

Khushal Balaji Hiwarkar, a farmer and member of SS sowed HTBT cotton seeds in his subject to mark the launch of the agitation. Farmers will go on the agitation in other sections of the Condition.

SS President Anil Ghanwat explained, “ Farmers will defy the ban on GM crop and sow HTBT cotton, soybean, brinjal and corn in the kharif season”. The delegation of farmers met Condition Agriculture Minister Dada Bhuse demanding that the Condition federal government persuade the Centre to carry the ban on GM crops. The SS has started off the campaign below the banner ‘I am a GM crop farmer – I am a criminal’. Ghanwat explained farmers ended up suffering for the reason that of the government’s adamant stand to go on the ban on GM crops. Previous 12 months, farmers in Maharashtra introduced a ‘civil disobedience’ motion by sowing GM HTBT cotton to protest against the Centre’s ban.

In accordance to farmers, the pro-GM crop motion in the Condition resulted in brining 25 per cent cotton subject in the Condition below HTBT cultivation past 12 months.

The Centre experienced admitted past 12 months that it experienced been given complaints on illegal cultivation of BT brinjal in Andhra Pradesh, Haryana, Maharashtra, and Punjab. A Central panel experienced identified that farmers in Gujarat, Andhra Pradesh, Telangana and Maharashtra cultivate unapproved HTBT cotton.

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