Sarpanches of Manguluru and Bhujabalapatnam of Krishna district and Kokkirayalanka and Kedavaram of west Godavari district will soon form Biodiversity Management Committees with seven members. Mahanadi panel The Biodiversity Board is encouraging people to form such management committees after the success of the Mahanandi Biodiversity Management Committee. The Mahanandi Committee, in association with the State Biodiversity Board, issued a notice to the Monsanto Company that used the Bt bacteria found in the soil of Mahanandi in Kurnool district for developing the indigenous version of Bt cotton capable of resisting Indian bollworm strains. Though Monsanto was not willing to consider royalty payments, it offered to build roads and contribute to other physical and social infrastructure in Mahanandi area as part of “benefit-sharing.”
State Biodiversity Board adopts Kolleru, by G.V. Ramana Rao, Hindu, Chennai, 30 May 2009