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Bt cotton attracting young farmers in India

| January 8, 2014
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Contrary to the perception that youngsters are abandoning farming, Bt cotton technology has attracted young farmers to cotton farming in the country, according to a new survey by the Indian Society for Cotton Improvement (ISCI).

The survey confirmed wide-spread planting of Bt cotton, occupying 95 percent of total cotton area, in the rainfed, semi-irrigated and irrigated areas, which has taken place during the last 8-9 years in Maharashtra and Andhra Pradesh and 6-7 years in Punjab, ISCI said in a release.

According to the report, “Bt cotton technology attracted young farmers to cotton farming, with more than 50 percent of the surveyed farmers coming from the lower middle age group in Maharashtra, Andhra Pradesh and Punjab.”

Read the full, original article: Bt cotton attracting youngsters to farming in India: Survey

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