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Sowing of dubious quality Bt cotton seeds raises concerns

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Jun '09
Bt cotton seeds of dubious qualities have been sown in the current season by the farmers in Pakistan on a large scale, which has raised concerns amongst agriculturalists. This, experts aver is contravention of international agreements and treaties.

The government on its part has been helpless against this spreading virus since there is no law governing the use of these unscrupulous varieties of Bt cotton seeds. Most of these seeds have either been imported or grown by the farmers themselves.

This has the potential to have an adverse impact on yields and thereby productivity of raw cotton which can have long term effects on overall cotton production in the country and is also leading to a revenue loss to the government in terms of taxes.

This has also caused resentment among the legal Bt cotton seed producers who blame the government for the uncontrolled use of doubtful quality Bt cotton seeds and in not educating the ignorant farmers of the pitfalls in sowing these seeds.

Fibre2fashion News Desk - India


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