Monsanto threatens to exit India over govt’s show cause notice

New Delhi, Mar 5: The NDA government late Thursday issued show cause notice to Monsanto for revoking patent rights on one variant of genetically modified BT Cotton following representation by Bharatiya Janata Kisan Morcha that the crop had shown declining resistance against bollworm.

Sources said the Department of Industrial Policy & Promotion issued the show cause notice to Mahyco Monsanto Biotech (India) Ltd for Bollgard II variant for BT cotton as the efficacy against bollworm was coming down. “It was issued on the recommendation of the agriculture ministry,” said DIPP officials.

They said there was immense political pressure to issue the show cause notice even though the proper process should have been to ask the administrative agriculture ministry to assess if the falling resistance was due to inferior technology or a growing resistance in pests.