With stagnant yields, climbing cost of manufacturing and resistance in pink bollworm, India now can glance again at the desi cotton types, experts say.
At a webinar on ‘Bt cotton – Myths and Reality’ held on Monday, Keshav Kranthi, who is at the moment with International Cotton Advisory Committee (ICAC), claimed Bt-hybrid know-how has not been delivering any tangible rewards to the cotton farmers.
Bt cotton supposedly aided in the reduction of insecticide use. But the use of pesticides only went up as pink bollworm formulated resistance to the know-how.
“Cotton yields are the lowest in the entire world in Maharashtra, for illustration, despite remaining saturated with Bt hybrids and maximum use of fertilisers,” Kranti claimed.
“Cotton yields rank thirty sixth in the entire world and have been stagnant in the earlier 15 decades. Insecticide use has been regularly raising soon after 2005 despite an boost in area beneath Bt-cotton,”