October 4, 2023


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Banned HTBt cotton acreage may double in Maharashtra

About 50 for each cent of the whole cotton cultivated in Maharashtra this Kharif is probably to be herbicide-tolerant Bt (HTBt) cotton as estimated five-7 lakh cotton farmers in the Point out could possibly favor the banned HTBt seeds more than other kinds accessible in the marketplace.

Cotton is cultivated in 29 for each cent of the whole land below Kharif cultivation in Maharashtra of which the HTBt assortment covers 25-35 for each cent of the location. Past kharif, cotton was planted on forty two.86 lakh hectares in Maharashtra of which about 11-13 lakh hectares was estimated to be below HTBt. This 12 months, about 50 for each cent of the whole cotton cultivation will be below HTBt as ample amount of seeds are accessible in the marketplace, reported Shetkari Sanghatana (SS) President Anil Ghanwat.

“HTBt cotton cultivation is likely on in the Point out for the final ten yrs. We have not observed any unfavorable affect of the assortment on people and animals. It is higher time the Centre legalised HTBt seeds. The seed marketplace need to drive for legalisation of HTBt seeds as an alternative of demanding actions versus those advertising and employing this assortment,” reported Ghanwat.

Industry’s issues

In a latest letter to Agriculture Secretary Sanjay Agarwal, the Federation of Seed Business of India (FSII) stated that its member companies account for around 60 for each cent of the marketplace share and lead approximately 70 for each cent of study and advancement-primarily based expenses of the seed marketplace. “We have raised this difficulty with the ministry right before as properly. Nonetheless, this 12 months there is a huge enhance in these unlawful cultivation specifically in Maharashtra from 30 lakh packets final 12 months to about seventy five lakh packets this 12 months. It will not only decimate smaller cotton seed companies but also threatens the full legal cotton seed marketplace in Maharashtra. To make issues even worse, the unlawful seeds are bought employing the brand name of distinguished companies,” reported Shivendra Bajaj, FSII Government Director, in a letter.

“It looks that the big creation of this cotton seed is in Gujarat and transported to Maharashtra. Werequest you to present appropriate instruction to the authorities for getting important action to place a halt to these unlawful actions and choose stringent action versus the offenders” FSII demanded in the letter.

In accordance to reports, the Point out Agriculture Department has a short while ago seized HTBt seeds well worth ₹2.five crore from Nagpur and Amravati locations.