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GM cotton crops

By: | Published: November 16, 2015 12:09 AM

GM cotton crops
The government of India accorded approval for cultivation of GM cotton in the country in 2002. After this, production of cotton in India has increased four-fold, making India one of the top cotton producers in the world. However, recently it has been reported that GM cotton crop in Punjab and Haryana states have been affected by pest attack. This has shocked the cotton farmers, as Monsanto, the original developer of GM cotton seed, has claimed that  GM cotton would be totally pest-resistant. Such pest attack on genetically modified cotton in Punjab and Haryana have caused serious set back to cotton cultivation in the two states and even suicides by cotton farmers in the states have been reported. As Monsanto sold GM cotton seeds to around 7 million farmers in the country, the pest attack has to be viewed very seriously. The government must look at the practice abraod and emulate the best policies on GM seeds.
NS Venkataraman
Chennai

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