Indian farmers return to GM insect-resistant Bt cotton after failure of non-GMO variety

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After the experiment with the desi cotton failed to bear fruits, farmers are returning to the BT cotton in the next kharif [summer] season.

While there is no taker for the desi cotton seed available with the government agencies, the BT cotton seed is being sold at a premium in the open market, as the seed is not available with the Haryana Seeds Development Corporation.

The farmers say due to high demand, BT cotton varieties were being sold at premium rate by the private seed sellers in the open market. On the other hand, they said, there were no takers for the desi varieties.

Farmers say good BT cotton crop in the last kharif season had turned the farmers back to these varieties, as desi cotton was not even able to recover the input cost.

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