Agri Business

Farmers, consumers protest bio-piracy

Our Bureau Bangalore | Updated on August 10, 2011

About 300 farmers and consumers under the leadership of Kodihalli Chandrasekhar, President, Karnataka Rajya Raitha Sangha (KRRS) held a demonstration at the Directorate of Agriculture in Bangalore.

Farmers raised the main point related to state agencies like the UAS-Dharwad facilitating bio-piracy in the name of collaborative research.

Farmers said no research partnerships with companies like Monsanto with universities and other institutions. Protesters also demanded the scrapping of the ABSP II project through which Bt brinjal varieties were created posing serious questions on the IPRs over farmers’ seed resources; they also demanded that agencies which have violated the legal provisions of the Biological Diversity Act be penalised for such violations.

Published on August 10, 2011

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