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Tamil Nadu won't allow field trials of GM crops: Jayalalithaa
Tamil Nadu Chief Minister J. Jayalalithaa Thursday said her government will not allow field trials of genetically modified (GM) crops in the state.
She asserted that when the new government at the centre, in which AIADMK would be a part, assumes office after the general elections, the permission to field trials of GM crops would be cancelled.
Jayalalithaa was addressing an election rally here, around 300 km from Chennai.
Referring to the centre's recent decision to allow field trials of around 200 varieties of GM crops, she said it would make the multi-national seed companies happy and result in grief for farmers.
Citing her government's decision to not accord environmental clearance to the Great Eastern Energy Corporation to drill wells for methane exploration in the Thanjavur region, Jayalalithaa said a committee has been constituted to look into the project's environmental impact.
She said her government would not encourage industrialisation at the cost of farmers.
Faulting the centre for agreeing to anti-farmer proposals at the 2013 World Trade Organisation (WTO) summit held in Bali in Indonesia, she said her party would take action to rectify the problems.
She criticised Prime Minister Manmohan Singh for not protecting the state's fishermen from attacks by the Sri Lankan navy and urged the people to throw out the Congress-led United Progressive Alliance government.
She said Manmohan Singh, instead of telling Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa to stop attacks on Tamil Nadu fishermen, is shaking hands with him.
The chief minister was referring to the recent meeting between the Indian prime minister and Rajapaksa on the margins of the Bay of Bengal Initiatives for Multi Sectoral Technical and Economic Co-operation (BIMSTEC) meeting held in Myanmar.
Jayalalithaa said India has the moral responsibility to bring a resolution against Sri Lanka for violating human rights there. But the government has not even supported the resolution brought forward by other countries.
According to her, the UPA government has not taken sufficient steps to modernise the country's defence forces. She said the centre neglected the armed forces.
Nagapattinam (Tamil Nadu), March 6, 2014
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China rejects fifth US corn cargo in a month, citing GMO strain
#China has blocked a fifth #cargo of #US #corn since mid-November after testing found a #strain of #genetically-modified (GMO) corn not yet approved for #import. Three more cargoes may also be refused.
A cargo of 59,100 tons was turned away on Tuesday in the eastern Chinese province of #Zhejiang after quarantine officials found MIR 162 -- an insect-resistant GMO strain which the country’s #agriculture ministry has yet to warrant, Reuters cited an official as saying.
China, the world’s second largest corn consumer, has refused 180,000 tons of #grain since mid-November. Observers believe it has less to do with the corn and more to do with other trade quarrels between the two countries.
"It is really causing big trouble and it seems to be related to bilateral trade conflicts," a domestic corn trader told Reuters.
In November, China fought US accusations that it was blocking a World Trade Organization technology deal that would cut tariffs on products. US Trade Representative Michael Froman said later that month that China’s demand to exempt over 100 products from the deal risked breaking negotiations.
In response, China’s commerce minister, Gao Hucheng, said it was “irresponsible for the US to discard the consensus that has been agreed by most of the countries only because the deal cannot meet its own requirement for several products.”
This month, China challenged further accusations from Washington that it dumped cheap exports on the US market.
Growing domestic corn surpluses may also explain some reticence to accept further US imports. Weak consumption from the animal feed industry looms large in China, as this year will likely yield a record corn harvest. Its corn output for 2013-2014 is expected to rise 5.9 percent to reach a new record for consumption.
"To some extent, there is a link to the domestic supply surplus - these are the rules of the game," an industry analyst from a Chinese government-linked think-tank told Reuters earlier this month.
"We believe future incoming cargoes will face strict inspection."
China’s corn imports are expected to rise in the long-term, as the country urbanizes and the demand for meat and dairy rises.
US government data still shows that China has a strong demand for corn, as it was the top destination for US supplies last week. For analysts, this appetite overshadows the recent handful of corn rejections.
The US Agriculture Department (USDA) said Monday that it inspected 17.6 million bushels of corn headed to China last week. That figure equals 44 percent of the total amount of corn inspected by the USDA.
"If they are still importing it, it makes us wonder if this is more of a political game that China is playing," said Terry Reilly, a senior commodity analyst at Futures International. "As long as China is taking US corn on a weekly basis...we are not going to get bearish on this topic."
Around two million tons of US corn is on its way to China, which has already committed to another three million tons of US grain.
However, traders said that another three cargoes have already been shown to contain MIR 162, and are expected to be refused from ports in Guangdong and Fujian.
"Rejections will be frequent, following large arrivals in coming weeks," an industry source who asked not to be identified said.
"Some cargoes simply berth offshore and buyers are not unloading the cargoes before testing results are complete."
The US corn market has not been impacted by the Chinese rejections. Prices have actually increased 4.2 percent since the first refusal in November.
Much of the rejected corn has been acquired by importers in other Asian markets, at times with price cuts, according to European traders.
Published time: December 12, 2013 RT.com
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