INDIA: BT cotton growing area extends in India

MUMBAI: According to Ministrial sources reveals that BT cotton growing area has extended from 2,30,000 acres in 2003 to 12, 13,359 acres in 2004.

In a written reply to the Rajya Sabha, Sharad Pawar, Agriculture Minister said that according to information forwarded by Bt Cotton growing states, the seed has been found cultivable in these states.

Mr Pawar added that Agriculture Ministry is compiling the area under Bt cotton crop in all states during 2005 .

Contrast to the belief that Tamil Nadu failed to cultivate Bt cotton after the crop failure in Andhra Pradesh, the state has been coming a cropper, stated Pawar.

Some Bt cotton hybrids for commercial farming have been notified by the Genetic Engineering Approval Committee (GEAC) in the Environment and Forests Ministry after evaluating the performance through several multilocation after large scale field experiments, added Pawar.

Other cotton breeds have been allotted larger areas in comparison with the Bt cotton, he also informed.

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Added: December 6, 2005 Source: Agencies
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