Pau Leads The Public Sector In The Development Of Bt Varieties Of American Cotton

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PAU leads the public sector in the development of Bt varieties of American cotton

Ludhiana: 06 March

 Punjab Agricultural University, Ludhiana is well known for its strong and efficient research system to develop improved crop production and protection technologies and its endeavor in improving socio-economic status of the farming community. It has achieved another milestone with development of the first Bt cotton varieties of the country. This is a land mark achievement in the history of agricultural research of the nation. The Indian Council of Agricultural Research has identified three Bt cotton varieties, namely PAU Bt 1, F1861 and RS 2013, for general cultivation in North zone i.e. for the states of Punjab, Haryana and Rajasthan. PAU Bt 1 and F 1861 were developed by PAU, whereas, RS 2013 was developed at RAU, Bikaner. While PAU Bt 1 was wholly developed at Punjab Agricultural University, Ludhiana, F 1861 and RS 2013 were converted to Bt version by CICR, Nagpur. All the three varieties carry cry1Ac gene imparting resistance against bollworm complex.

            With the cultivation of these varieties, the cotton farmers will not have to purchase the costly Bt cotton hybrid seed every year. The farmers can keep their own harvest for next year sowing. Bt cotton hybrids became popular due to ‘Bttechnology’ which imparts resistance to bollworms which are a major cause of yield loss in cotton. With the adoption of these Bt varieties by the famers, a major shift is likely to take place in cotton cultivation in North zone.

Punjab state alone needs around 20-25 lakh packets of Bt cotton seed for sowing of crop which roughly amounts to around Rs. 225 crores assuming the prevailing price of Rs. 900/packet. The price of seed of these Bt cotton varieties shall be low as compared to current market price of Bt cotton hybrids seed, and thus, there is a scope to reduce the cost of cultivation and increase the savings of the farmers. The benefits for North zone per se are going to be manifold

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PAU leads the public sector in the development of Bt varieties of American cotton


Ludhiana, March 6:


The Punjab Agricultural University, Ludhiana is well known for its strong and efficient research system to develop improved crop production and protection technologies, and its endeavor in improving socio-economic status of the farming community. It has achieved another milestone with the development of the first Bt cotton variety of the country. This is a landmark achievement in the history of agricultural research of the nation. The Indian Council of Agricultural Research has identified three Bt cotton varieties, namely PAU Bt 1, F1861 and RS 2013, for general cultivation in the North Zone i.e. for the states of Punjab, Haryana and Rajasthan. PAU Bt 1 and F 1861 were developed by PAU, whereas, RS 2013 was developed at Rajasthan Agricultural University (RAU), Bikaner. While PAU Bt 1 was wholly developed at Punjab Agricultural University, Ludhiana, F 1861 and RS 2013 were converted to Bt version by CICR, Nagpur. All the three varieties carry cry1Acgene imparting resistance against bollworm complex.


            With the cultivation of these varieties, the cotton farmers will not have to purchase the costlyBt cotton hybrid seed every year. The farmers can keep their own harvest for the next year sowing.Bt cotton hybrids became popular due to ‘Bt technology’ which imparts resistance to bollworms which are a major cause of yield loss in cotton. With the adoption of these Bt varieties by the famers, a major shift is likely to take place in cotton cultivation in North Zone.


Punjab state alone needs around 20-25 lakh packets of Bt cotton seed for sowing of crop which roughly amounts to around Rs 225 crore assuming the prevailing price of Rs 900/packet. The price of seed of these Bt cotton varieties shall be low as compared to the current market price of Btcotton hybrids seed, and thus, there is a scope to reduce the cost of cultivation and increase the savings of the farmers. The benefits for North Zone per se are going to be manifold.










 

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