Kutch's Wagad cotton lost popularity to American and later, Bt-cotton. The ‘by default organic’ Wagad cotton now has certification, is branded Kala Cotton, and is more sustainable.
Maharashtra farmers' group agitates for 'freeing' GM seeds, but illegal varieties are rampant in India
About 1,000 Maharashtra farmers, under the aegis of the Shetkari Sanghatana, participated in a 'civil disobedience' movement in favour of GM seeds. They planted herbicide tolerant (HT) Bt cotton, which is not approved for cultivation or sale in India.
Deciding the appeal of US-based Monsanto, the apex court restored the order of the single judge bench of the Delhi High Court
Bt cotton still effective to control bollworms; crop covers 88% of total cultivation area in kharif season: Govt
In the current kharif season of 2018-19 crop year, he said around 88.27 percent of the 122.38 lakh hectares cotton area is under Bt cotton.
Cotton output may dip 12% to nine-year low on scanty rainfall in Gujarat, Maharashtra; exports to be cut
Lower cotton shipments from India will allow rivals such as the United States, Brazil and Australia to increase cargoes to key Asian buyers such as China and Pakistan.
Yavatmal pesticide poisoning: Lack of accountability, negligence and abysmal medical facilities behind farmers' deaths
Pesticide deaths are not new to Yavatmal and according to information recently obtained under the Right to Information (RTI) Act by this correspondent, the district reported two deaths each year in 2013-14 and 2014-15. In 2015-16, eight people died due to pesticide poisoning.
Vidarbha's cotton farmers dread repeat of last monsoon's pink bollworm attack which destroyed 80% of their crop
With the onset of a steady monsoon, farmers of water-starved Vidarbha in north-eastern Maharashtra are getting ready to sow cotton.
Union minister says cotton production nearly doubled since Bt Cotton's introduction in 2002; facts show yields have stagnated
Cotton yields have stagnated in the past decade even as the proportion of Bt Cotton in India's total cotton harvest rose seven times, a FactChecker analysis of government data shows.
After widespread damage to Maharashtra's cotton farms, pink bollworm now causes skin problems for farmers
The pink bollworm, after having attacked Bt cotton cultivation across Maharashtra, is now troubling farmers and labourers with skin problems.
Kirron Kher in LS urges govt to withdraw order limiting educational reimbursement for children of slain soldiers
A BJP member in the Lok Sabha today urged the government to reverse its order which seeks to limit the educational reimbursement for the children of martyred and disabled soldiers.
Does Bt cotton cause impotency? This startling claim was made by Rajasthan's minister for agriculture, Prabhu Lal Saini.
The allegations made against Monsanto over lack of safety are completely unsubstantiated. Experts and regulatory authorities worldwide recognize GM foods and crops as being safe.
Thanks to Monsanto's reckless practices, Bt toxins in adulterant cottonseed oil may be seeping into your samosas
Bt cotton seed is being freely blended into refined and other edible oils as non-genetically modified cottonseed oil despite the regulation against it.
Yavatmal cotton farmer deaths Part 1: Blame games galore as toxic pesticides continue to claim lives
It is mostly landless labourers who put their lives at risk to earn anywhere between Rs 250 to Rs 500 a day.
Environmental activist Dr Vandana Shiva on Wednesday alleged that the Union government was allowing multinational companies to introduce 'toxins' in the form of genetically modified crops.
The decades-old debate over Genetically Modified (GM) foods is back in the spotlight in India, after the centre's Genetic Engineering Approval Committee (GEAC) sanctioned the production and cultivation of GM mustard in May 2017.
GM Mustard row: Govt's claims of higher yields, low import bills untrue, says petitioner Aruna Rodrigues
Firstpost writer Indra Shekhar Singh speaks with Aruna Rodrigues, who exposed “agronomical fraud” in the claims made to support the introduction of HT GM mustard in India
India has tightened rules for the sale of genetically-modified cotton seeds, a government order said, in a move that will cap royalties for any new variety that the market's sole supplier - U.S.-based Monsanto Co - decides to develop and sell.
The government has suggested to the Indian Council of Agricultural Research (ICAR) that the gene be incorporated in re-sowable straight line varieties and supplied cheaper to farmers than Bt cotton hybrids
CICR offers a re-usable non-Bt seed variety called Suraj for Rs 150 a kg.