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Introduction of Biotechnology in India’s Agriculture : Impact, Performance and Economics

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This book examines the introduction of biotechnology inIndian agriculture. Specifically, it examines the experience of Bt cottonversus non-Bt cotton in India’s major cotton states, namely Andhra Pradesh,Gujarat, Maharashtra and Tamil Nadu, which together account for nearly 70percent of the country’s cotton production. Major advances in biotechnologyhave made it possible to directly identify genes, determine their functions,and transfer them from one organism to another. The advances have spanned many technologiesand Bt cotton one important outcome. Bt cotton has become one of the mostwidely cultivated transgenic crop and is currently grown in 21 countries - 11developing and 10 industrialized countries. The Government of India wasrelatively late in permitting biotechnology, only approving the cultivation ofthree transgenic Bt cotton hybrids from April 2002. Concerns were raised abouttheir performance there was strong opposition from some quarters. In India,Gujarat and Maharastra were the first states to adopt them, followed by AndhraPradesh, Karnataka, Tamil Nadu and Madhya Pradesh. Based on a sample of 694farming households, the book examines and analyzes the details on the yields,pesticide costs, seed costs, overall production costs and profits. It alsoreports on the environmental impacts, satisfaction with the technology and waysof improving its impact.

Genre: Business + Money Management, Science, Technology
Format: Hardcover
Publisher: Springer Verlag
Author: Vasant P. Gandhi
Language: English
Street Date: August 22, 2016
TCIN: 51536176
UPC: 9789811010903
Item Number (DPCI): 248-26-1985

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