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India’s Minister of Agriculture: Farmers prefer growing GM crops

| August 28, 2013
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NEW DELHI: Farmers tend to prefer growing genetically modified crops as they give a higher yield, are more disease resistant and provide more profits, Agriculture Minister Sharad Pawar said.

“We are for organic farming – there are no two ways about it. But in Bt cotton production, 86 lakh bales were produced in 2002-03 when 0.38 per cent of the total area was growing the crop and it grew to 352 lakh bales in 2011-12 when 91.47 per cent of the area produced it. The jump shows how production has grown,” he said in Lok Sabha.

“The farmer is wiser than me…It is not proper to say that Bt cotton is not useful,” he said.

Read the full, original story here: “Farmers prefer growing genetically modified crops: Sharad Pawar” 

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