A new study conducted by Dr Davuluri Venkateswarlu, director of Global Research and Consultancy Services , has slammed several multinational companies for utilising armies of female child labour in Andhra Pradesh. Girls between the age of seven and fourteen are alleged to represent between 85% and 90% of the entire labour force behind hybrid cottonseed production, and are often contracted to work on a long term basis by local seed producers, who supply multinational firms. The report claims that up to 48,000 girls have been employed in hybrid cottonseed farms controlled by multinationals that include