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PMK opposes cultivation of GM crops in Tamil Nadu

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S. Ramadoss
S. Ramadoss

Special Correspondent

Create awareness among farmers: Ramadoss

CHENNAI: Cultivation of genetically modified crops should not be allowed in Tamil Nadu and awareness must be created among farmers to shun them, PMK founder S. Ramadoss said here on Friday.

Farmers whose livelihoods had been ruined through the cultivation of BT cotton should be given full compensation by the Central and State Governments, he said while inaugurating a State-level awareness rally on the perils of GM crops.

The rally, which is being organised by the NGO, Pasumai Thayagam, along with the Church's Auxiliary for Social Action and Socio Educational Trust, will cover all districts and end at Chengelput on March 9. Farmers and consumers were being taken for a ride [by multinational corporations] under the guise of increased productivity through GM crops. The Government should take efforts to supply non-GM seeds to farmers. Voluntary organisations should launch a protracted struggle along with the farming community to keep GM crops away from Tamil Nadu.

Farmers should en masse resist the move to take away their lands for setting up special economic zones, he said.

"Undue haste"

Not enough research has been done on GM crops in India, Sultan Ahmed Ismail of Ecoscience Foundation, said. Though most countries had set a moratorium on the cultivation of GM crops, India was showing undue haste in allowing their entry.

Instead, encouraging organic farming practices would help enhance agricultural productivity, he added.

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