Flourishing trade in spurious GM seeds adds to farmers’ woes

When Arvind Shinde (identify modified), a farmer from Aurangabad bought a bag of HT cotton seeds from a trader, he was sure of having a bumper crop. Even so, as seeds failed to germinate he realised that he was duped by the trader. But he could not register a police complaint or technique the Point out authorities for compensation.

Bt cotton is the only Genetically Modified crop accredited for business cultivation in India and, therefore, cultivation of other unapproved GM crops is banned.

But Shinde continue to wants to go forward with HT cotton and Bt brinjal cultivation. “HT seeds will give bumper crop and will assistance me to receive some income,” he says confidently. But it is not just Shinde, 1000’s of farmers are having GM seeds in the market place and lots of get duped.

Anil Ghanwat, President of Shetkari Sanghatana, the apex farmers’ body Maharashtra, alleges“Along with

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Farmers seek GI tag for Wada Kolam rice

Just after the Dahanu-Gholvad chikoo fruit from Palghar district of Maharashtra receiving Geographical Indication (GI) tags, endeavours are staying created to get a GI tag for Wada Kolam rice, which is a unique fragrant variety cultivated in the Wada taluka of the district.

On June 29, a closing application was created with GI Registry for acquiring the tag. The GI Registry is a section of the Workplace of the Controller Typical of Patents, Models and Trade Marks.

Wada Kolam rice variety is cultivated only in coastal Palghar district, which was carved out of the gigantic Thane district in 2014. Palghar has a unique agro-local climate thanks to proximity to the Arabian sea as also to the woody Sahyadri mountain assortment. The fertile land also creates chikoo or sapota fruit, which gained a GI tag in January 2017.

The effort to get the GI tag has been spearheaded by distinguished Intellectual

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