Bollgard II has a superior double-gene technology that offers farmers better insect resistance management (IRM), along with higher yields, resulting in saving on pesticide and thereby resulting in a higher income for the farmer.Bollgard II and Bollgard insect-protected cotton are widely planted around the world as an environmentally friendly way of controlling bollworm.
The rapid adoption of Bollgard II and Bollgard on 76% of Indias cotton acreage is a testament to the farmers appreciation of the benefits and superior value of the technology, Raj Ketkar, deputy managing director, Mahyco Monsanto Biotech, said. Within six years of the launch of Bollgard Bt Cotton in 2002, Indias cotton production has doubled, making it the second largest producer and the second largest exporter of cotton in the world. We will continue to invest in educating Indian farmers on crop management practices, which is in line with our commitment to enhancing agricultural productivity, he said.
In India, the highest growth for Bollgard II was witnessed in Maharashtra with 21.6 lakh acre (6.3 lakh acres in 2007); Andhra Pradesh with 8.4 lakh acre (1.01 lakh acres in 2007); and Gujarat with 5.3 lakh acre (3.1 lakh acres in 2007). These technologies were launched in India by MMB, . MMB has sub-licenced the Bollgard and Bollgard II technologies to 23 Indian seed companies.