23 June, 2021

"In A Few Years, Farmers Will Have Control Over Seeds"

Dr Keshav Raj Kranthi, director, Central Institute for Cotton Research on why he thinks Indian farmers won't lose out if Mondanto quits India.

"In A Few Years, Farmers Will Have Control Over Seeds"
outlookindia.com
2016-04-03T16:13:55+05:30

Dr Keshav Raj Kranthi, director, Central Institute for Cotton Research (CICR), is confident that Indian farmers will not lose out if global seed giant Monsanto decides to carry out its threat of quitting the country. In an interview with Outlook, Kranthi states that alte­rnatives already in the works will help farmers get back control over the seeds without sacrificing productivity.

What will happen if Monsanto decides to quit India as they have threatened?

In my view, it may take a short while to realign ourselves to the new conditions but we are geared up to develop new systems that will give us better yield.We had anticipated the present situation of pink bollworm resistance to Bt-cotton several years back because of two factors­—the long duration of the hybrid cotton crop and the segregation of the Bt toxins in seeds of the green bolls of the hybrid plants. To obtain high yields in a sustainabe manner, In­di­a needs to move towards high density planting of short duration varieties...

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