Friday, May 11, 2007

Kharif Sowing Review - Minister admits Bt Cotton goof up

Bt cotton has failed in Vidarbha - Kharif Sowing - Inadequate and late advice to farmers : - Minister admits goof ups.
11 May, 2007 l 0354 hrs IST lTIMES NEWS NETWORK

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NAGPUR: If any proof about failure of genetically modified Bt cotton in the main cotton growing area of Vidarbha was needed, it came on Wednesday from Maharashtra agriculture minister Balasaheb Thorat.

After a meeting with agriculture experts, officials, people's representatives, for the coming Kharif season, Thorat admitted that the much-hyped, and high-priced Bt seeds were only adding to the burden of Vidarbha's farmers.

Thorat said the opening of Bt to more private companies was likely to bring down the prices and make it more affordable for farmers.

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