GM seed can’t stop pest, leads to heavy spray­ing

Firms To Pay As ‘Re­sis­tant’ BT Cot­ton Fails

The Times of India (Mumbai edition) - - TIMES CITY - Bhavika.Jain@ times­group.com

Mum­bai: Pes­ti­cide poi­son­ing in the state’s cot­ton belt has proved to be a dou­ble whammy for the farm­ers.

Al­most 96% of them pay a premium and use ge­net­i­cally mod­i­fied (GM) BT cot­ton seeds as they are sup­posed to be pest-re­sis­tant and save them the cost of in­sec­ti­cides. But in Vi­darbha, es­pe­cially Ya­vat­mal, a ma­jor at­tack by the pink boll­worm this year has forced them to use more pes­ti­cide than usual, trig­ger­ing hun­dreds of cases of poi­son­ing that re­sulted in 35 fa­tal­i­ties.

An of­fi­cial said since the BT seeds failed to keep pests

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