The Director of Inputs and Quality Control (DIQC), the licensing authority, has served the 1964-founded company a notice under the provisions of the Maharashtra Cotton Act, 2009 in which it was stated that the Agriculture Minister Radhakrishna Vikhe-Patil had indicated revocation of the company's licence, and this was openly challenged byt Mr Raju Barwale, Managing Director of Mahyco - who has refuted allegations leveled against the company by the Maharashtra Government - of selling its own cotton seeds in the black market - thereby violating the Seed Act.
Earlier, Agriculture Minister Radhakrishna Vikhe-Patil informed that in Beed, Nashik, Jalna and Aurangabad districts, the company, in 'close nexus' with dealers and sub-dealers, supplied seeds that did not match the declared quantity, keeping the agriculture department in the dark. He claimed, "This amounted to forgery and encouragement of black marketing by the company and its officials and therefore, offences were registered against the official. Some of them have got anticipatory bail, while in one case the court has rejected plea for anticipatory bail."
The minister admitted that the Jalna-based company's behaviour had adversely impacted sowing in the state's cotton-growing belt and he justified DIQC move, saying Mahyco had, during the current kharif season, supplied 73-51 variety of Bt cotton below the assured quantity, leading to unrest among farmers. The DIQC had, during the 2011-12 kharif season, registered 18 cases against Mahyco for 'serious lapses' in the supply of the 73-51 seed variety of BT cotton, he recalled.
Maharashtra cotton farmers strongly condemn the statement of Mr Raju Barwale, Managing Director of Mahyco co is consider taking the legal option against Maharashtra Govt.
Mahyco Monsanto is completely responsible for introducing and crating monopoly of Bt.cotton seed in India and is responsible for mass genocide of cotton farmers since 2002 and this has happened due to political protection to this company that is reflected in today's statement of Raju Barwale needs to answer very strongly by Indian law makers.
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