Union agriculture minister Sharad Pawar's admission that Vidarbha dry land farmers are losing more than Rs. 2000 crore per year since introduction of Bt.cotton seed, is proven fact that it's a classic example of promoting wrong technology to wrong class agrarian community. “We urge BKS to look at ground reality and withdraw its unjustified report as mark of respect to around 9000 vidarbha farm widows who are innocent victims of promoting rain sensitive Bt.cotton seed in drought prone dry land region of west vidarbha where small farmers are the most affected and debt trapped,” urged Kishore Tiwari, convenor Vidarbha Jannadolan Samiti (VJAS), a farmer's advocacy group.
He demanded a complete ban on genetically modified Bt.cotton seed in Vidarbha and asked for documenting cotton farmers suicides since 2002. BKS study report timing unfortunately coincides when Bt.cotton seed manufacture clearly is pulling out all stops and enhancing its propaganda budget and acting through both deals with media.
“This is done in order to make environment for BRAI bill to get through in Indian parliament and defend the ground report finding of The parliamentary standing committee on agriculture which is likely to table it's report on July 15 and possibly even hold a press conference by that date,” Tiwari added.
He further said that BKS report needs to reviewed seriously which is not in line with pathetic condition of Maharashtra cotton farmers and it looks like stage managed desk-work with cut-paste technology which has discredited reputation of BKS and CSD. “Hence we demand it's withdrawal,” Tiwari urged.
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