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Indian Activists Destroy and Ban BT Cotton

Karnataka writes:

KRRS Activists Destroy Bt Cotton in Davanagere

DH News Service, Davanegere, August 6, 2002

Activists of the Karnataka Rajya Raitha Sangha (KRRS) destroyed Bt cotton
cultivated in an area of two acres at Rudranakatte near here on Sunday.

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The activists led by KRRS President Prof M D Nanjundaswamy convinced the
farmers before destroying the crops. Security was tightened in the village
to prevent any untoward incident. However, the police could not take any
steps against the activists as they destroyed the crops after convincing
the farmers.

Mallappa and Hanumanthappa, two farmers of the village had cultivated Bt
cotton. The KRRS activists told them that the crop would have to be
destroyed since it affected the environment.

KRRS office-bearers Kodihalli Chandrashekhar, K T Gangadhar, Honnur
Muniyappa, H Manjunath, M Channabasappa and hundreds of activists
participated in the operation.

Earlier, addressing the villagers, Prof Nanjudaswamy alleged that the crop,
though disease-resistant, would destroy farmer-friendly insects and affect
the environment.

He charged that the foreign companies were engaged in destroying the
agriculture here.


Karnataka Rajya Ryota Sangha

[Karnataka State Farmer's Association]



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