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Multi-fold jump in Bt cotton acreage
Apr '11
The Association of Biotechnology-led Enterprises (ABLE) recently revealed that, owing to increased productivity and lower production cost, Bt cotton has met with a positive response from cotton cultivators in the country.

The Association even stated that, higher per acre yield, has even helped the country which used to be an importer of cotton a few years back, to turn to in to an exporter.

T M Manjunath, a renowned consultant on Agri-biotechnology while speaking on the sidelines of the release of his book on Bt Cotton said that, regardless of the opposition raised by some, cotton cultivators in the country have increased use of Bt cotton in a higher proportion and that no negative effects of crop cultivation have been seen on the cotton producing regions in the country.

Post commercialization, now Bt Cotton has been adopted for cultivation in most of the parts of the country, and is greatly benefiting the cultivators. According to ABLE, farmers who adapted Bt Cotton have made profits of Rs. 10,000 per hectare, in recent times.

Likewise, cotton cultivation acreage under Bt cotton has also gone up from 29,000 acres in 2002 to over 10 million hectares in 2010, which represents around 92 percent of the total area under cotton cultivation in the country.

Meanwhile, there has also been a rise in the number of farmers adapting to the use of new technique from 20,000 in 2002 to more than six million in 2010.

Presently, nine states, namely Gujarat, Karnataka, Maharashtra, Rajasthan, Madhya Pradesh, Tamil Nadu, Andhra Pradesh, Haryana and Punjab are under Bt cotton cultivation.

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