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ACIL starts BT cotton farming in Surendranagar
20
Oct '10
ACIL Cotton Industries Ltd has informed that the Company starts BT cotton farming in 200 acres land in Surendranagar District. The quality of seeds was first tested in India for germination, vigor, and insect efficacy.

Other experiments were conducted to confirm the environmental safety of Bt cotton, including tests of gene flow, persistence of the transformed plants, weediness characteristics, cross ability of the transgenic pollen with the nontransgenic relative and near relatives, effect of the pollen on insects and non-target organisms, and changes in the soil microbial flora.

BT Cotton Agronomic Balance Sheet

Following agronomic benefits of Bt cotton:

• good control of bollworm species in different growing areas;
• significantly higher yield and boll retention (compared to control or non-Bt cotton);
• reduction in expense of insecticide application;
• additional revenue (Rs.2,500-4,000/acre) in farm income (compared to non-Bt cotton); and
• no adverse effect on nontarget insects or adjacent non-Bt cotton crops.

ACIL Cotton Industries Ltd

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