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State subsidy for Bt cotton in India?

With the area under genetically modified insect-resistant Bt cotton in India growing exponentially each year, the government in the southern Indian state of Karnataka is considering subsidising seed purchased by small and marginal cotton growers, reports The Hindu newspaper. This is in response to the national government's efforts to encourage the cultivation of Bt cotton under the "Technology Mission on Cotton". Karnataka accounts for 6% of the total area under cotton in India. Bt cotton has witnessed rapid acceptance among Indian farmers and has expanded to more than 60% of India's 9.2 million ha cotton crop, since it was first approved for commercial cultivation in 2002 (Agrow No 398, p 20).



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