Bt cotton in India — some strands


Pink Bollworm

9 Mar 2016 Experts want Bt tech in varieties and not hybrids TOI
5 Mar 2016 Pink bollworm causes huge cotton loss Business Recorder Pakistan

25 Feb 2016 Joint efforts needed to combat pink bollworm TOI; Workshop ‘Pink Bollworm: A renewed challenge for cotton’ Cotton Research Station, Nanded
22 Feb 2016 Genetically modified cotton gets extra gene to keep insects at bay ABC Australia; “‘In terms of the refuge management process that has to be done, it’s really not that stringent in India,’ Monsanto’s Asia/Africa commercial chief, Jagresh Rana said” [a 2015 Study Points to Limitations of Bt Stacking and importance of refuges];
 Monsanto blames Indians, launches Bollgard 3 Fibre2Fashion
19 Feb 2016 Efforts on to protect cotton crop from pink bollworm during coming season “The Central Institute for Cotton Research (CICR), Nagpur, is concerned over the increasing resistance shown by the pink bollworm that affected the cotton crop in Gujarat this season, to the extent of 7-8%. The institute has begun work on a war footing to reach out to cotton growers across the country to ensure that the problem does not persist in the coming season….According to K R Kranthi, this insect was a serious concern for cotton in India around 30 years ago. ”
12 Feb 2016 Is Bt Cotton no longer safe against pink bollworm? TH

10 Jan 2016 Awaiting report on pink bollworm attack’ TH Karnataka
8 Jan 2016 Notices issued to Bt cotton seed companies: Agriculture Minister TH Karnataka
5 Jan 2016 Govt working on solution to control pink bollworm cotton pest ET

2 Jan 2016 VC upholds UAS-R report on BT cotton loss in Pink Bollworm pest attack TH

25 Dec 2015 80 pc of Bt cotton crop destroyed in pest attack in Raichur districtIt is failure of Bt technology, opines expert panel TH Karnataka (Raipur)
20 Jan 2015 Transgenic Crops: Are Two Bt Toxins Better Than One? Science 2.0

20 May 2014 Scientists discover genetic basis of pest resistance to biotech cotton Science Codex

6 Dec 2013 Failure of Monsanto Bt Cotton IE Resistance in Pink Bollworm in India
12 May 2013 Battling bollworm a cotton world away Western Farm Press Resistance in Pink Bollworm in China

6 Dec 2011 Insects Find Crack In Biotech Corn’s Armor NPR: Resistance in Pink Bollworm in corn, US
5 Jun 2011 Bigger Refuges Needed to Delay Pest Resistance to Biotech Corn Resistance in Pink Bollworm in corn US
19 Apr 2011 Cotton: tweaks underway in pink bollworm eradication Resistance in Pink Bollworm, US
12 Mar 2010 Bt cotton failure a profit ploy? TOI


Seed prices
9 Mar 2016 Agri ministry notifies MSP for Bt cotton seeds at Rs 800, trait fee down 70% FE
8 Mar 2016 Seeds of Trouble: Monsanto Threatens to Pull Out of India The Quint
7 Mar 2016 Weak demand a bigger problem for seed firms
7 Mar 2016 Monsanto tussles with govt DH
6 Mar 2016 Seeds of trouble: Monsanto threatens to pull out of India ET
4 Mar 2016 Panel proposes 70% reduction in royalty on GM cotton seeds Livemint “The nine-member cotton seed price control committee has recommended a maximum sale price of Rs800 for a 450g packet of Bollgard II Bt cotton seeds”
4 Mar 2016 Congress castigates Centre over Bt cotton price thehansindia.com #Telengana

4 Mar 2016 Monsanto threatens to exit India over royalty fees Livemint “CEO Shilpa Divekar Nirula says if govt panel suggests a sharp, mandatory cut, firm will be forced to re-evaluate its India strategy”; Bt cotton row: Monsanto threatens to re-evaluate India business ET; Kaveri Seed jumps 12% Indiainfoline

15 Feb 2016 Plea to lower Bt. cotton seed sale price TH Telengana
10 Feb 2016 Farmers up in arms against Monsanto TH Andhra
9 Feb 2016 No stay on Centre’s Bt cotton order FreePress Journal

26 Dec 2015 Agro minister Radha Mohan Singh picks a fight with GM giant MMBL HT

19 Jun 2015 HC rejects plea challenging Bt cotton seed price cut IE Mumbai 
18 Jun 2015 Bombay HC rejects seed traders plea against slashing of BT cotton seed price

 


Monsanto Patent?

23 Feb 2016 Monsanto faces challenge from CICR’s Bt cotton varieties ET
18 Feb 2016 Competition Commission of India (CCI) orders investigation against Monsanto on govt complaint Business Standard Complaint by the agriculture ministry and three Indian companies — Nuziveedu Seeds, Prabhat Agri Biotech and Pravardhan Seeds.
CCI finds Mahyco-Monsanto Biotech practice monopolistic: Orders Investigation ET
Monsanto Biotech to cooperate in CCI probe; denies market abuse charge DNA

3 Feb 2016 Andhra Pradesh to centre: invoke compulsory licence or cancel Bt cotton patent Livemint “AP agriculture minister, in a letter dated 1 February to Nirmala Sitharaman, accused Monsanto of abusing its monopoly position in the genetically modified Bt cotton seed market”

9 Sep 2015 Agriculture ministry seeks legal advice on Monsanto‘s royalties ET
8 Sep 2015 Too little, too late? 3 years afterMonsanto‘s Bt gene went off patent, govt wakes up FirstPost

29 Aug 2015 CICR to produce ‘straight’ varieties of cotton on mass scale FE 
26 Aug 2015 Bt cotton: Govt admits Monsanto never had patent in India TOI

8 Jun 2015 Seeds of doubt: Monsanto never had Bt cotton patent TOI

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