March 9, 2007
Centre for Sustainable Agriculture
From Ms Kavitha Kuruganti
The Animal Husbandry officials of Adilabad district have to be congratulated for taking cognizance of a serious phenomenon related to livestock illnesses and deaths happening in many places in
the district after animals graze on Bt Cotton fields. This follows the inaction of the GEAC [India's apex GM regulatory body] in investigating such a phenomenon reported from earlier years too and in early February this year by CSA. GEAC had asked DBT [Department of Biotechnology] to investigate this last year itself but there are no indications that DBT has taken up any such studies. Last year, Veterinary Biological Research Institute [VBRI] has found that pesticide residues were low on the Bt Cotton samples tested for, but nitrate levels were high.
The following is the translation of an advisory put out to farmers by the Joint Director-Animal Husbandry department through the media on February 20th, 2007, following the incidence of such a phenomenon [the actual media announcement is in telugu].