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Centre invites stakeholder comments on Bt cotton guidelines

Our Bureau New Delhi | Updated on January 20, 2018 Published on May 23, 2016




Five days after notifying the guidelines for Bt cotton technology which placed a cap on royalty for new genetically modified (GM) traits, the Union government has invited comments and suggestions of stakeholders on the matter.

The guidelines, notified by the Agriculture Ministry on May 18, capped the royalty for new GM traits at 10 per cent of the maximum sale price of the Bt cottonseeds – a move that could affect Monsanto’s India operations.

“The notification regarding guideline for Bt cotton technology issued on May 18, 2016, will be put in the public domain for the period of 90 days, in the same form for comments and suggestions of all stakeholders,” a release issued by the Agriculture Ministry on Monday stated. As per the notified guidelines, after the initial five years, royalty would reduce by 10 per cent of initial value every year. If the GM technology loses its efficacy, the technology provider would not be eligible for any royalty.

The guidelines also prescribed a new format for sub-licensing agreements that all seed technology providers would have to sign with the seed companies. If such an agreement is not signed within next 30 days, all old agreements would be considered invalid, the notification said.

Published on May 23, 2016
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