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Indian Bt cotton cuts agrochemicals

Indian farmers growing genetically modified insect-resistant Bt cotton spend on average 18.2% less on insecticides than those growing conventional cotton, according to a study carried out by the Centre for Economic and Social Studies (Hyderabad). Data relating to the 2004/05 kharif (winter) season revealed that overall costs were 11.8% higher for Bt cotton farmers, due to increased expenditure on seed, labour, fertilisers and irrigation. However, this was offset by a 32% increase in yield due to less bollworm damage.



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