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Andhra to inspect cultivation of Monsanto's unapproved GM cotton

The order did not say how the farmers accessed the unapproved variety of GM cotton

Mayank Bhardwaj | Reuters  |  New Delhi 

A top Indian cotton-producing state has ordered an inspection of fields planted with an unapproved variety of genetically modified seeds developed by Monsanto, which is fighting to retain its market in the world's biggest grower of the fibre. Farmers in Andhra Pradesh have planted 15 per cent of the cotton area in the state with Bollgard II Roundup Ready Flex (RRF), prompting the local government on Friday to form a panel of officials to "inspect the fields of farmers growing RRF". The order, issued by senior Andhra Pradesh official B Rajasekhar, did not say how ...

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First Published: Sat, October 07 2017. 02:49 IST