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Bt cotton acreage rises 20% in India


September 23, 2008

Source: Business Standard via USDA/FAS GAIN report IN 8111

Indian farmers seem to have taken to Bt cotton seeds in a big way. According to technology supplier Mahyco Monsanto Biotech (MMB), India, Indian farmers have brought 20 percent more area under cotton cultivation in 2008.

This is likely to shoot up cotton production in the country, which is already the second largest producer of cotton in the world.

As per an estimate by MMB, approximately four million farmers cultivated Bollgard II and Bollgard Bt cotton on 17.2 million acres equivalent to 76 percent of India’s total 22.5 million cotton acres in Kharif 2008.

The acreage has steadily increased from 8.7 million acres in 2006 to 14.4 million acres in 2007.

The farmers have a choice from over 150 Bollgard II and Bollgard Bt cotton hybrid seeds.

“Within six years of the launch of Bollgard Bt Cotton in 2002, India’s cotton production has doubled, making it the second largest producer, and second largest exporter of cotton in the world,” said Raj Ketkar Deputy Managing Director, MMB.





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