Farmers up in arms against Monsanto

Andhra Prdesh, Feb 10: Upset with Monsanto allegedly fleecing farmers and making super profits in the form of royalty, the Andhra Pradesh Rythu Sangam has decided to go on a warpath demanding that the Union government rein in multinational hybrid seed company and make available genetically-modified seeds at affordable prices.

After holding a preparatory meeting with like-minded farmers, the original breeders of seeds, for a protracted struggle, APRS State Secretary K.V.V. Prasad said on Tuesday that it was high time the Centre slashed the price of Bacillus thuringiensis (Bt) cotton seeds as also licensee fee, including royalty charged by Mahyco Monsanto Biotech India Pvt. Ltd (MMBL) on its licensees, considering the worst experience of growers ever since the deregulation of the seed sector.