Indian government cuts Bt cotton seed price by Rs 10 to Rs 730 per packet; royalty to Monsanto cut by half

The Centre has marginally lowered the maximum sale price of Bt cotton seeds (BG-II) by reducing the royalty fee payable by domestic seed firms to developers of this genetically modified variety. Under the new price, notified by the agriculture ministry , the farmers will have to pay maximum Rs 730 per packet of 450 gm […]

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Maharashtra makes it mandatory to sell one variety of Bt cotton seeds under one brand name only

The government of the Indian state of Maharashtra has made it mandatory for original Bt cotton seed producer companies and co-marketing companies to sell one variety of seeds under one brand name only to tighten the watch over varieties being sold in the market under different brand names. After a review, the government has allowed […]

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Demand for local varieties of cotton seeds gaining momentum in Maharashtra, India

Even as BT variety of cotton seeds continue to account for over 96% of the cotton crop in the country, the demand for domestic cotton seeds is slowly growing, particularly in Maharashtra. The state had suffered from a severe pink bollworm attack last season. At a recent kharif review meet, Maharashtra agriculture minister Pandurang Phundkar […]

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Bangladesh cotton production forecast to rise thanks to favourable weather

Cotton planted area in Bangladesh in marketing year 2017/18 is forecast at 44,000 hectares, while production is forecast to rise to 135,000 bales due to favourable weather for the long-staple American Upland variety, the United States Agriculture Department (USDA) said in a report. Upland cotton is planted in July-August and harvested in December-January. Hill cotton […]

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Pink bollworm pest hits India’s cotton; destroys 50% of Maharashtra’s crop

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India’s Maharastra is staring at an unprecedented loss of cotton crop this year, as nearly 50 percent of it is affected by the pink bollworm pest, according to Nagpur’s Central Institute for Cotton Research. V.N. Waghmare, acting director of the institute, told The Hindu newspaper that the infection is on a scale never seen before. “The problem […]

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