Odisha tribals protest genetically-modified mustard seeds

BHUBANESWAR:Thousands of tribal women from 54 blocks of 11 districts took out a rally protesting genetically-modified (GM) mustard seeds here on Saturday. Spokesperson of Orissa Nari Samaj Karmi Beshra said the GM mustard will kill all traditional and sustainable mustards in the State.

She came down heavily on Union Ministers who are supporting national and international corporate houses for obvious reasons. While owners of many corporate houses are moving scot-free with waiver of loans, poor farmers are getting killed by police or committing suicide. The country needs to introspect and the Government should initiate steps to protect the interest of farmers, she said.