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Bt cotton seed producers step up demand for price hike
Mar '11
Bt cotton seed firms in Andhra Pradesh have demanded a rise in the prices of the single as well as the double gene cotton technologies from the state government.

They stated that if the prices were not raised, it would not only lead to widening of the demand-supply gap during next kharif season, but would also prove detrimental for the firms.

Members and representatives of the cotton seed producers have demanded a rise in the prices of the Bt1 and Bt2 cotton seed from present Rs 650 and Rs 750 per packet of 450 gm to a minimum of Rs 825 and Rs 1,050 per packet, respectively.

The seed firms have urged to devise a price mechanism to undertake a study of the rise in production cost and other concerning factors, before finalizing the commodity prices, every year.

The existing price structure was decided by the government in 2008, in keeping with a special provision drafted for the purpose, in advance.

Thus, the seed manufacturing firms contended that, the acquisition price has gone up by 58 percent over the last four years to Rs 419 per packet in 2010, and hence it is not any more possible for them to carry on with the existing retail price structure.

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