Farmers concerned over D&PL's terminator patent

ASHOK B SHARMA The Financial Express India
Posted online: Friday, October 28, 2005 at 0054 hours IST

NEW DELHI, OCT 27: Indian farmers have expressed grave concern over the patent rights accorded to Delta & Pine Land in Europe and US over its controversial terminator technology. They have expressed fears that the company which has recently declared that it would foray into the country's farm sector in big way, may bring in the terminator technology. This terminator technology is detrimental to the interests of farmers, they said.

Speaking to FE, the executive chairman of Bharat Krishak Samaj, Dr Krishan Bir Chaudhary said: "The government should take immediate steps to ban terminator technology in the country. It should immediately review the activities and intentions of Delta & Pine Land. The company should not be allowed any field trials of terminator seeds. The pollen flow from plants with terminator technology to other crops will have dangerous consequences. It would make the pollen-affected crops sterile".

Mr Chaudhary said that it the hidden agenda of the corporate houses is to monopolise the seed sector. It is for this reason the seed companies are producing hybrid seeds which the farmers cannot save for the next season.

They usually do not produce conventional varietal seeds which the farmers can save for the next season. Now with the terminator technology, the seed companies intends to complete their agenda of monopolising the entire seed sector as the plants of terminator technology will produce only sterile seeds, he said.

Greenpeace has recently exposed the details of the patent for the controversial "terminator technology". granted in Europe on 5 October 2005.

The terminator patent has been approved for all plants that are genetically engineered so that their seeds will not germinate.