Bt Cotton Is Benefiting Farmers, Claims Monsanto

New Delhi, January 20: | Updated: Jan 21 2003, 05:30am hrs
Nearly 55,000 farmers, who have harvested Bt cotton, have reported a 65 to 70 per cent reduction in pesticide use and an increase in income of about Rs 7,000 per acre. The in-built protection against bollworm in Bt cotton resulted in yields increasing by 30 per cent, claimed a press release by Mahyco Monsanto Biotech (India) Ltd (MMB-India).

But the Greenpeace-India, Centre for Resource Education and Sarvodaya Youth Organisation in a joint study have termed MMB-Indias assessment as gross misrepresentation of farmers experiences.

The MMB-India has claimed that final plucking of cotton is almost over in fives states and the three Bt cotton hybrid varieties Mech 12, Mech 162 and Mech 184 have performed well up to the expectations.