Karnataka farmer develops non-Bt cotton seed bank

August 17, 2013 0 Comments

Jayashree Nandi, TNN Aug 16, 2013, 05.09 AM IST

NEW DELHI: For 52-year-old Nagappa Nimbegundi, a farmer from Makari village in North Karnataka, this Independence Day was special. After three years of relentless efforts, he has managed to revive 13 varieties of indigenous cotton and 11 other varieties of non-Bt cotton in his farm.

The seed bank that he is developing is of significance as 90% of cotton production in India has been taken over by Bt cotton, a genetically modified variety developed by an American company. Indigenous varieties have become virtually non-existent and are difficult to find even at research institutions.