GM seed can’t stop pest, leads to heavy spraying
Firms To Pay As ‘Resistant’ BT Cotton Fails
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