Vidarbha Farmers welcome Supreme Court committee’s “NO” to GM crops
Nagpur-23rd July 2013
3 million debt trapped distressed cotton farmers who are innocent victims of first Genetically modified (GM) crop Bt.cotton commercial trials resulting more than 10,800 farmers suicides have welcomed recommendations of Supreme Court technical expert committee imposing an indefinite moratorium on the field trials of Genetically Modified (GM) crops till the government comes out with a proper regulatory and safety mechanism.
“Vidarbha is known as farm suicide capital of
after 2004 when Indian Govt. allowed
very rain sensitive Bt.cotton commercial trials which has proved as disaster as
Technology was suitable for dry land cotton farmers and successive bt.cotton
crop failure and mounting debt has started farm suicide spiral which is till
continued and this truth was confirmed by Indian parliamentary committee headed
by Basudeo Achaya MP reports too but cartel in Agri. Ministry and close liaison
of MNCs has been able push GM crops even
after this vidarbha farmers’ genocide
hence we are indebted with Supreme
Court technical expert committee historic decision” Kishore
Tiwari President of Vidarbha Jan Andolan Samiti (VJAS), an activity group working
for farmer and demanding ban on GM crop since 2004 said in press release today .
“We urge UPA Govt. to scrap proposed e Biotechnology Regulatory Authority of India (BRAI) Bill, 2013, which is pending with the Parliamentary Standing Committee on Science and Technology, Environment and Forest as expert committee in its report to the Supreme Court said there should be a moratorium on field trials for Genetically Modified food crops like Bt Brinjal intended for commercialization until there is more definitive information from sufficient number of studies as to their long-term safety based on the examination of the safety dossiers, it is apparent that there are major gaps in the regulatory system as it is serious that GM crops for which India is a centre of origin like rice, brinjal, and mustard now being kept on hold which reflects view of the Parliamentary Standing Committee on Agriculture, in a report August 2012 had asked for ban on GM food crops in the country” Tiwari added.
‘Vidarbha cotton farmers has paid cost misdeeds done by regulators which ignored several issues relating to health safety data of GM crops that biotechnology companies had used to obtain approvals aimed at commercial release of the crops without any socio-economic impact study during evaluation, the panel said ,that has confirmed by apex court technical committee hence we want criminal prosecution against concerned who allowed Bt.cotton seed commercial trails in dry land region of vidrabha where there is no protected irrigation facility as farmers forced to kill themselves due to massive crop failure and mounting debt converting region as graveyard or dying field of farmers and tragedy is till continued’ Tiwari added.