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Industry estimates not much rise in HTBt cotton plantation

Ram Kaundinya, director general of the Federation of Seed Industry of India (FSII), pointed out that the industry estimates say that around 15 per cent of the present cotton crop across the country is under the HTBt cotton.

Genetically modified crops: A wake-up call?

Amid a continuing moratorium on all genetically modified crops except Bt cotton, prohibited seeds are now in use across the country. The government knows it, and defiant farmers have started challenging it to do something about it.


No risks reported from GM crops grown for decades: FSSAI scientist

DR S R Rao, Chairman, FSSAI Scientific Panel on GM foods, and former senior advisor, Department of Biotechnology, talks to The Indian Express about the debate on the genetically modified (GM) crops.

GM crops: Farmers clear, politics muddled

The opposition to GM crops is clearly not from farmers. Were that so, the global annual area planted under them wouldn’t have risen from a mere 1.7 million to nearly 190 million hectares between 1996 and 2017.

Explained: The GM cotton conundrum

With a few Haryana farmers symbolically defying a government restriction against sowing banned HT Bt Cotton in Hisar, and the government determined to curb its spread, The Indian Express explains the complex problem and arguments that both the sides present.

Akola district authorities to file FIR against organisers of event to plant Ht Bt cotton

CEO of Akola Zila Parishad, Ayush Prasad, said the decision is to prevent farmers from falling prey to fly-by-night operators who are trying to dupe farmers by selling inferior quality seeds which can potentially cause major crop damage.


Farmer held in Maharashtra for sale of Ht Bt cotton seeds

The accused, identified as Vasant Mulay, has been charged under provisions of the Seeds Act and Cotton Act, said Narendra Naik, a senior officer of the district agriculture department.

Mahabeej enters the BT cotton market

Mahabeej had acquired a sub-licence in 2014 but this would be the first time the company is entering the commercial cotton seed market.

For second successive year: Centre slashes Bt cotton trait fee

However, farmers will not get full benefit of the lower trait value.

Maharashtra Govt tries to curb sowing of illegal Bt cotton, but probe team faces manpower crunch

Agriculture officers in Maharashtra are worried about the sowing of unauthorised variants of Bt cotton in the state during the kharif season.