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KALPETTA: Communist Party of India (Marxist) general secretary Prakash Karat has accused U.S. corporations of intervening in the formulation of the country’s agricultural policy and the running of policy-making institutions.
Private funding from agri-business corporations for research in public institutions in India would be linked to patent rights and licences on products that emerge from such research. A further aspect of the KIA is that it would be a means by which U.S. agri-business corporations gain access to the institutional set-up of India’s agricultural research infrastructure and its pool of scientists and technological personnel, he said
An additional 1.3 million farmers planted 10.7 million new hectares of biotech crops in three new countries in 2008, according to the ISAAA brief Global Status of Commercialized Biotech/GM Crops 2008. ISAAA has been tracking global biotech crop adoption trends since 1996.