By admin       2019-03-13

The sale of spurious cotton seeds is expected to be checked with the decrease in BT cotton seed prices by Rs 70 per packet of 450 gram in last two years, feel the cotton growers. After prices were reduced by by Rs 60 per packet previous year, the price has been in the previous year’s farming season, the price has been further reduced by another Rs 10 per packet for the next growing season. decreased by Rs. Earlier the not so recommended BT cotton seeds from Gujarat were used. used to frequent the markets from Gujrat. The spurious seeds used to be provided for Rs 650-700 per packet. The cotton growers also used to visit Gujrat to purchase these seeds but such steps taken by the government has reduced the dependency on such seeds. The genetically modified(GM)Bollgard-II, BT cotton seeds are used to sow cotton. Cotton sowing in Punjab though officially start from April 1 but farmers start sowing after in April end after the wheat harvesting. Two packets of seeds are used in 1 acre for growing cotton. With the reduction in prices, 80 lakh cotton growers of the state will benefit. Nearly 5 crore seed packets are consumed in India. Last year the cotton was grown in 123 lakh hectares.One of the cotton growers, Hardev Singh from village Kaljharani in Bathinda said “Though the decrease is minor but it is welcome step and helpful for the farmers,government should also decrease prices of pesticides and insecticides.” Another farmer Gurdev Singh from village Sangat said the cotton seed prices are now nearing to expected levels. Earlier cotton growers used to fall in the net of spurious seed sellers, who used to sell spurious seed at lower prices than market price. We want the government to check the sale of spurious seeds. An official of Punjab agriculture department said that agriculture department is very serious about banning the sale of spurious seeds. The union agriculture ministry's department of agriculture, cooperation and farmer welfare issued the notification on March 8 under sub clause(1)of clause 5 of the cotton seed price(control)order, 2015 fixing the maximum retail price of a packet of 450 gram plus 120 gram refugia BT cotton seed packet at Rs. 730 for the financial year 2019-20.

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