Organic cotton more excellent than BT Cotton
A study conducted by the Centre for environmentally friendly Agriculture shows that benefits of organic cotton clearly outweigh those from Bt Cotton, Whose Kharif cultivation cost in 2005 was higher by 67 percent and income was lower by at least 37 percent.
Total growth cost of Bt cotton per acre stood at Rs 8,366 while for organic cotton it was Rs 5,008.
Per acre cost of the application of pesticides in Bt cotton was 4.8 times more with spending at Rs 1629.
net income per acre on Bt cotton was lower by 37 percent at Rs 3,551 matched against organic cotton, in which stood at Rs 5,618.
But in gross income Bt cotton’s average yield of 6.14 quintals as against 5.23 quintals was just before organic cotton.
The revenues of Bt cotton stood at Rs 11,918 particularly organic cotton it was Rs 10,627.
The average selling price per quintal for Bt cotton was Rs 1,941, While for organic cotton it is Rs 2,032.
The study took it’s origin from season-Long fortnightly checking of 120 Bt cotton fields from five districts of Andhra Pradesh and 123 non pesticidal management (NPM)/organic cotton farmers from four areas.
Bt cotton does not confirm to the claims made by the marketing and marketing propaganda of its companies.
Bt cotton’s high performance was bad compared to non-Bt cotton, Especially NPM/organic solutions to cotton cultivation, recounted G V Ramanjaneyulu, professional Director, Centre for maintainable Agriculture.
Risk factor involved in cultivating Bt cotton are high and often erratic, he was quoted saying..