INDIA: Bt cotton boost India's cotton production

NEW DELHI: Agriculture Minister Sharad Pawar said recently, Monsanto's Bt cotton has been a significant contributor to India's record cotton production this season.

"The Bt cotton yield was definitely better in quality and quantity, boosting production by 30-35% in areas it was sown. Gujarat has benefited the most from higher production," Pawar told reporters on the sidelines of the annual Social Editors' Conference here.

The higher yield and better cotton quality derived from Bt cotton could well be an incentive to look at other genetically modified agriculture crops being developed, the minister stated.

"The results certainly encourage us to look at other GM crops," he said.

As against the average 16-17 million bales production, India is this year expecting record production of about 20 million bales, said Mangala Rai, director general of Indian Council of Agricultural Research (ICAR).

The officials did not have data on the increase in the acreage sown this year under Bt cotton nor the share of the genetically modified cotton in the total production.

"The low incidence of pest this year plus favourable precipitation of monsoon at the right time as also the performance of the Bt cotton all helped in a record production this year," said Rai.

The farmers joys have however been overcast by lower domestic prices at the prospect of a glut with global production also generally being higher this year. Current International prices are much lower, making exports unremunerative.

Assuring cotton farmers all government support, Pawar said the Cotton Corporation of India (CCI) has been directed to purchase stocks from them.

"Along with Maharashtra government plans to procure cotton from farmers, the CCI will also go to the state in eight days to purchase cotton. We will need to export cotton," the minister said.

He said incentives would be provide to cotton exporters. "Incentive schemes for promotion of exports will be considered," Pawar said, adding that various proposals are under consideration.

Send your News/Releases for publication to [email protected]
Added: November 8, 2004 Source: Agencies
Start script - 1529914434.9569 Start news id check - 1529914434.957 After news id check - 1529914434.9573 After cookie_code - 1529914435.6939 Before news detail - 1529914435.6939 After news detail - 1529914435.695 Start cat select - 1529914435.6951 After cat select - 1529914435.6954 before preg replace - 1529914435.6954 After preg replace - 1529914435.6955 Before tag engine - 1529914435.6955 After tag engine - 1529914435.701 Before mptt engine - 1529914435.701 After mptt engine - 1529914435.701 Before related engine - 1529914435.701 After related engine - 1529914435.7034 Before update hits - 1529914435.7035 After update hits - 1529914435.7036 After update news_hits - 1529914435.7122 After mem_only_views - 1529914435.7122 -------------------------------------------------- Total Exec time:- 0.75530004501343
AddThis Social Bookmark Button   Tell a friendBookmark AddThis Feed Button
Related News:

Website design by InWiz • © - 2000-2018. Internet Wizards All rights reserved. About usTerms & ConditionsDisclaimerPrivacy policy • 25-06-2018