Bt Cotton Records Higher Yield, Profit, Finds Survey

Mumbai, March 28 | Updated: Mar 29 2004, 05:30am hrs
Happy days ahead for Bt Cotton growers in India. A recent survey carried out by Mahyco Monsanto Biotech (I) (MMB) stated that the production in bollgard fields recorded around 30 per cent or 1.7 quintals per acre rise in yield compared to the conventional cotton fields.

In addition, the net margin (profit) to farmers from bollgard cultivation has also increased by around 80 per cent or Rs 3,126 per acre. The survey was commissioned by MMB and has been conducted over the past six months across various regions by the leading market research company ACNielsen ORG-MARG.

Rajiv Inamdar, executive director, AC NIElson ORG-MARG, said, Survey indicates that farmers have earned higher reward of Rs 3,126 per acre of bollgard (bt cotton) crop in 2003. At first hand, it has been an enlightening experience to see the difference that bollgard has made in the life of Indias cotton growers.

He said that there had been an approximately 30 per cent (1.7 quintals per acre) increase in yield in fields cultivated with bollgard, compared with those sown with traditional seeds.

The survey highlighted the benefits of growing bollgard cotton in terms of better yield, reduction in pesticide sprays against ballworms and higher profits. It covered five of the six bollgard cotton growing states Maharashtra, Madhya Pradesh, Andhra Pradesh, Karnataka and Gujarat.

However, the harvest in Tamil Nadu is late and data is still being compiled.

Another key finding is the reduction in bollworm pesticide sprays, which translates into an average savings of Rs 1,294 per acre (reduction of 2-3 sprays per acre) for bollgard farmers.

The survey was based on interviews of 3,063 farmers comprising 1,672 bollgard cotton farmers and 1,391 conventional cotton farmers. The nationwide survey covered five of the six bollgard cotton growing states Maharashtra, Madhya Pradesh, Andhra Pradesh, Karnataka and Gujarat. Data with regard to Tamil Nadu is still being compiled, he said.

Another key finding of the survey was the reduction in bollworm pesticide sprays, which translated into an average savings of Rs 1,294 per acre for bollgard farmers, Mr Inamdar said.