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5 January 2006

Proagro penalises 11 cottonseed growers for employing child labour [India]

Author: Ch Prashanth Reddy, Business Standard [India]

Proagro, a company of Bayer Cropsciences, has decided to penalise 11 farmers and cancel the contracts with three more for employing child labour in the cottonseed production last year...At the same time, it had decided to pay bonus to 55 cottonseed...

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17 November 2005

MNC seed cos chalk out action plan for child labour [India]

Author: Ch Prashanth Reddy, Business Standard [India]

Multinational seed companies, Emergent Genetics [part of Monsanto] and Proagro [part of Bayer], which have their operations across Andhra Pradesh, have chalked out an action plan in collaboration with non-government organisations to address the...

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1 October 2005

India: Multinational & Indian seed companies perpetuate child labour through low prices and flawed inspection practices, alleges new report

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1 October 2005

[PDF] full report: "The price of childhood - on the link between prices paid to farmers and the use of child labour in cottonseed production in Andhra Pradesh, India"

Author: Davuluri Venkateswarlu and Lucia da Corta (commissioned by India Committee of the Netherlands)

Barring the recent initiatives of few member companies of ASI [Association of Seed Industry] (Proagro [part of Bayer], Syngenta and Emergent Genetics [part of Monsanto]) the efforts of seed companies to reduce the employment of children in cottonseed...

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1 October 2004

full report: "Child Labour in Hybrid Cottonseed Production in Andhra Pradesh: Recent Developments"

Author: Davuluri Venkateswarlu, Director, Global Research and Consultancy Services, Hyderabad

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....

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24 October 2003

Multinationals pledge to end child labour in Indian seed production

Author: India Committee of the Netherlands, Amnesty International Netherlands, Novib/Oxfam Netherlands and FNV Mondiaal

Seed multinationals Monsanto, Emergent Genetics, Hindustan Lever, Syngenta, Advanta and Proagro (a subsidiary of Bayer) as well as some big Indian seed companies, have agreed to co-operate with the MV Foundation (MVF)...to eliminate child labour from...

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