Farmers in Haryana defy the ban and plant transgenic cotton.
HISAR: In the line of the Maharashtra farmers' movement against the ban on genetically modified (GM) seeds, (BKU) on Friday planted banned (herbicide tolerant) cotton in the village of Sarangpur in Hisar.
Accusing the government of not allowing the planting of HT cotton and Bt eggplant due to pressure from the companies, the BKU and Maharashtra farmer organization, Shetkari Sanghtan, organized a Satyagraha Samaroh Peasant in the village of Sarangpur and planted HT cotton in their fields . Leaders of challenging farmers said they were ready to face a five-year prison and a fine of Rs 1 lakh, according to existing regulations. They also plan to plant a banned variant of GM cotton in the Mansa district of Punjab and Himachal. Referring to a slogan of the freedom movement Pagri Sambhal Jatta, BKU State President Thakur Guniprakesh said: If necessary, we will go to the DC office.
Highlighting the condition of farmers, All India's national president Swaminathan Sangharsh Samiti, Vikal Pachar, said there is a 17-rupee debt owed by an average of the state's farmers, but they have the right not to plant a crop of their choice or to sell it at the price they want. These crops are ruining the bank accounts of large industrial pesticides by reducing their sales, he added.
BKU vice president Chiranji Lal said the government should study the impact of pesticides on farmers who sprayed in the fields.