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Complaint against 15 Bt cotton seed companies

Kariyappa, a farmer from Turakanadoni village in Raichur taluka, has filed a legal complaint with the Chief Judicial Magistrate, Raichur, against 15 Bt cotton seed companies, with regard to crop loss caused by pink-bollworm pest this year.

The accused companies are Nuziveedu Seeds, Kaveri Seeds, Shriram Bioseed Genetics India, JK Agri Genetics, Spriha Bio Sciences, Ganga Kaveri Seeds, Pravardhan Seeds, Rohini Seeds, Bayer Crop Science, Green Gold Agritech, Ajeet Seeds, Ankur Seeds (Ranebennur), Ankur Seeds (Nagpur), Monsanto India and Ganesh Hajare Seeds.

Pointing out that pamphlets containing claims made by Bt cotton seed companies that came with the seed packets clearly promised protection to crops from not only American, spotted and pink bollworms but also from Spodoptera and Semi-loopers The complainant said that Bt cotton crop was completely destroyed by pink-bollworm, contrary to the claims made.

The complainant has claimed that Bt cotton crop worth between Rs 400 crores and Rs 500 crores has been destroyed in the pest attack in Raichur district. He has also brought to the notice of the court that no action was taken against the seed companies despite repeated requests, though Joint Director of the Agriculture Department has issued notices to them. Kariyappa says taking advantage of illiteracy and poverty of farmers, the seed companies knowingly sold the seeds that were of no use and cheated them. The government should book criminal cases against the companies and initiate an inquiry. And has sought an enquiry by SP Police, Raichur, into the issue.