Failure of Bt cotton forces government to promote native seeds

April 6, 2016 0 Comments

New Delhi, Apr 5: With bollworm developing resistance to Bt cotton crop, the government has decided to promote cultivation of indigenous varieties of the crop in a big way this year.

In 2015-16 crop year (July-June), there was a significant damage to cotton crop because of whitefly and pink bollworm pest attack in states like Haryana, Punjab, Rajashtan, Gujarat and Andhra Pradesh.

Almost 90 per cent of the country’s cotton cultivation area is under Bt cotton, which was introduced.