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Bollgard III to bring higher income to cotton growers
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Dec '11
Bollgard III, a three-gene Bt cotton technology, will help farmers to earn better returns as it would enable them to increase their productivity from the same acreage, decrease their expenses on pesticides sprays and use resources efficiently.

The new technology, which is still in regulatory phase, is being developed by Mahyco Monsanto Biotech (MMB), a 50:50 Joint Venture between Mahyco and Monsanto Holdings Private Limited (MHPL). MMB currently markets Bollgard and Bollgard II Bt cotton technologies to seed companies.

Briefing about the growth and development of Bollgard cotton, Monsanto spokesperson told fibre2fashion, “In 2002, the first-generation single-protein Bollgard cotton was launched in India. This was followed by introduction of Bollgard II, the second generation two-protein Bt cotton technology, in 2006. Bollgard II technology provided better control of bollworm, reduced insect sprays and increased yields by more than 10 percent.”

Explaining the rationale behind the research in cotton technology, he said, “In the face of growing demand, limited natural resources and climate change, we need to increase cotton yields sustainably, and small landholding farmers across the world are seeing the benefits of plant biotech in increasing yields, reduced inputs and higher incomes. Today, if India has to boost its crop productivity like its global counterparts, there is a need for more innovative, high-yielding technologies.”

Citing the benefits of Bollgard III, he stated, “Biotech-enhanced insect resistant Bollgard III is a three-gene Bt cotton technology which will provide the cotton crop added protection from a broad spectrum of bollworm complex and spodoptera. It will help farmers get more productivity from the same acreage, get savings on pesticides sprays, use resources efficiently and thus, earn higher income.”

“Currently, Bollgard III is undergoing trials and it will take few years more of regulatory trials before it is commercialized,” the MMB spokesperson revealed.

Fibre2fashion News Desk - India

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