Special Correspondent

CHENNAI: Chief Minister M. Karunanidhi on Thursday announced the suspension of the notification of the Tamil Nadu State Agricultural Council Act.

This was to respect the views of agriculturists that traditional farming should be protected, and those of the Press, an official release stated.

The Bill, which was adopted in the Budget session of the Assembly, was framed after accepting the recommendations of agriculture scientists on the regulation of agricultural practice.

The Chief Minister recalled that at the time of introduction or consideration of the Bill, neither the allies of the ruling party nor the Opposition had opposed it and the Bill was passed unanimously.

CPI (M) plea

The State unit of the CPI (M) had urged the Tamil Nadu government to repeal the Tamil Nadu State Agricultural Council Act, arguing that it would lead to alienating traditional farming practices.

Explaining a resolution adopted at the State secretariat meeting on September 8 and 9, CPI (M) State secretary N. Varadarajan had said that the act would only protect the interests of the multinational companies that use farm lands for genetic modification experiments.