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full report: "Child Labour in Hybrid Cottonseed Production in Andhra Pradesh: Recent Developments"
Author: Davuluri Venkateswarlu, Director, Global Research and Consultancy Services, Hyderabad, Published on: 1 October 2004
The multinational seed companies involved in cottonseed business in 2000-01 are Unilever, Monsanto, Bayer, Syngenta, Advanta and Emergent Genetics. In 2003-04, all MNCs except Syngenta were engaged in cottonseed production activity in Andhra Pradesh. Hindustan Lever Limited, an Indian subsidiary of Unilever, sold the major part of its cottonseed business in India to Emergent Genetics in 2002. They plan to sell the rest of their shares - presently still at 26% - in 2005. [also refers to Proagro (part of Bayer), Mahendra Hybrids, Paras Seeds, Mahyco]