India’s crackdown on GMO cotton in Maharashtra state boosts illegal planting nearly 25%

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Credit: India Times

Nearly 25 per cent of the cotton crop being sown by farmers in Maharashtra this season is from the banned herbicide tolerant bio-technology (HTBt) variety, claim activists of farmers’ body Shetkari Sanghatana.

According to the Sanghatana, the crackdown by the Maharashtra Government on its members who planted the banned variety [in June] as part of a farmers’ satyagraha has only sparked off more interest in the HTBt variety of cotton.

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