Sunday, 20th April 2014

Monsanto ad was a storekeeper’s mistake: CG seeds


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CG Seeds and Fertilizers has refuted news reports about its association with controversial US-based agricultural biotechnology company, Monsanto, and claimed that the advertisement suggesting its association was caused by a storekeeper’s error.

Managing Director of CG Seeds and Fertilizers, Avinash Pant, speaking to reporters at the company’s press meet.Following a public outrage on the company’s alleged decision to distribute Monsanto’s seeds in Nepal, CG Seeds and Fertilizers called a press meet on Friday.  

“The advertisement was a storekeeper’s mistake. We are no longer have any relations with Monsanto,” said Avinash Pant, Managing Director the of the company.

The outrage was triggered by an advertisement placed by CG Seeds and Fertilizers on 13 December 2013 in Kantipur, calling bidders for bulk purchase of Monsanto maize and vegetable seeds.

Pant added that the company had sourced hybrid seeds from Monsanto for a year, but has stopped its distribution since a year ago.

"We no longer have any Monsanto seeds in our stock," Pant clarified.

However, the representatives of the company were unable to answer queries on the period of their association with Monsanto, the quantity imported or the brands that were brought in.

The advertisement issued by CG Seeds and Fertilizers on 13 December, called for bulk buyers for Monsanto seeds.