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Monsanto's maize spells doom for Bihar farmers

(Wednesday, April 2, 2003 -- CropChoice news) -- Rediff.com: US company Monsanto's 'Kargil 900 m' maize crop cultivated over 140,000 hectares of land in Bihar has failed and the state government has ordered an inquiry into the fiasco.

Lured by the promise of high yield - 80 to 85 quintal per acre - the farmers of flood-affected districts of Darbhanga Sitamarhi, Muzaffarpur, Madhubani, East Champaran and West Champaran sowed Kargil seeds on a large scale...http://www.rediff.com/money/2003/apr/02maize.htm