July 18, 2024

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Banned HTBt cotton acreage may double in Maharashtra

About fifty per cent of the total cotton cultivated in Maharashtra this Kharif is probably to be herbicide-tolerant Bt (HTBt) cotton as believed 5-7 lakh cotton farmers in the Condition might like the banned HTBt seeds above other varieties available in the sector.

Cotton is cultivated in 29 per cent of the total land underneath Kharif cultivation in Maharashtra of which the HTBt wide variety handles twenty five-35 per cent of the region. Past kharif, cotton was planted on forty two.86 lakh hectares in Maharashtra of which about 11-thirteen lakh hectares was believed to be underneath HTBt. This 12 months, about fifty per cent of the total cotton cultivation will be underneath HTBt as sufficient total of seeds are available in the sector, said Shetkari Sanghatana (SS) President Anil Ghanwat.

“HTBt cotton cultivation is going on in the Condition for the very last 10 years. We have not located any adverse impact of the wide variety on human beings and animals. It is higher time the Centre legalised HTBt seeds. The seed field should thrust for legalisation of HTBt seeds instead of demanding actions against all those offering and utilizing this wide variety,” said Ghanwat.

Industry’s worries

In a modern letter to Agriculture Secretary Sanjay Agarwal, the Federation of Seed Sector of India (FSII) stated that its member firms account for all around 60 per cent of the sector share and add almost 70 per cent of research and improvement-based mostly charges of the seed field. “We have lifted this difficulty with the ministry just before as effectively. Having said that, this 12 months there is a large improve in these illegal cultivation particularly in Maharashtra from thirty lakh packets very last 12 months to about seventy five lakh packets this 12 months. It will not only decimate modest cotton seed firms but also threatens the total legal cotton seed sector in Maharashtra. To make issues worse, the illegal seeds are offered utilizing the model name of prominent firms,” said Shivendra Bajaj, FSII Government Director, in a letter.

“It appears to be that the key generation of this cotton seed is in Gujarat and transported to Maharashtra. Werequest you to offer appropriate instruction to the authorities for having vital action to place a end to these illegal functions and get rigorous action against the offenders” FSII demanded in the letter.

According to experiences, the Condition Agriculture Section has just lately seized HTBt seeds really worth ₹2.5 crore from Nagpur and Amravati locations.