WHY FARMER STOP USING BT COTTON EVEN IT IS DISEASE RESISTANT?

Asked by  | 17th May, 2008, 12:51: PM

Expert Answer:

The Bt cotton endotoxin destroys many beneficial insects and that has a knock-on effect on the birds and small mammals that are the natural predators of these insects. The farmers using normal cotton plants,  found a high incidence of beneficial insects on their crop. Bt farmers found no beneficial insects at all on their crop. In addition, Bt cotton was found to be les effective against bollworm, sucking pests etc compared to traditional cotton.In addition growing Bt cotton is extremely expensive and out of reach of several farmers. These are some of the factors leading to farmers stopping its use.

Answered by  | 20th May, 2008, 12:43: PM

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