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Bt. Cotton cultivation should be banned
Now the government has enough reasons to ban the climate sensitive Gm cotton crop. Without wasting much time it should ban it, bringing happiness to the farmers that have been forced to commit suicides due to regular crop failures.

IT IS official that dry land cotton farmers who opted for Bt, cotton in 40 lakh hectares are likely to lose Rs 10,000 crores as per initial estimate of crop failure by Maharashtra administration, a farmer advocacy group has alleged.

The announcement of Maharashtra Chief Minister Prathiviraj Chavan that government will announce a bailout package to Maharashtra dry land farmers to the tune of Rs.2000 crore that will cover crop failure of Bt.cotton in 40 lakhs hector in the year 2011-12. This has happened only twice in last five years, the first time in the year 2005-2006 when government compensated farmers to the tune of Rs 220 crore as it grew Bt cotton in 4 lakh hectares.

“Bt. cotton was first approved for commercial cultivation in nine states by Genetic Engineering Appraisal Committee (GEAC) but as Per Union Agriculture Minister Sharad Pawar’s own admission that average  yield of Bt.cotton in dry land areas of Maharashtra is only  125 kg. Now it’s official that  dry land cotton farmers who opted Bt.cotton in 40 lakh hectares are likely to lose Rs.10,000 crore as per initial estimate of crop failure reported by mahrashtra administration,” Kishor Tiwari of Vidarbha Jan Andolan Samiti, informed in a press release today.

 ”The admission of Union Agriculture Minister Sharad Pawar that Bt.cotton yield is minimum in Maharashtra and compensation package of Rs.2000 crore promptly announced by Maharashtra Chief Minister Prathiviraj Chavan for Bt.cotton crop failure has once again substantiated our long pending demand that highly rain sensitive and climate sensitive Gm cotton crop has completely failed since 2005 and should banned, ”Tiwari added.

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