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10% of India’s 12.2 million cotton hectares came from illegal GMO seeds in 2018

| | June 11, 2019

A farm group said its members had planted a variety of genetically modified cotton seeds which have not been approved by the government, an offense that could result in five years imprisonment.

It is the first time farmers, who argue that they shouldn’t be deprived of any new technology, have acknowledged planting the herbicide-tolerant cotton variety, which was developed by German drugmaker Bayer AG’s unit.

Industry officials estimate the area planted with such seeds reached at least 10 percent of the 12.2 million hectares of Indian cotton acreage in 2018 and Anil Ghanwat, president of the farmers union, said there is likely to be an increase this year.

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