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Farm-level performance of genetically modified cotton - A frontier analysis of cotton production in Maharashtra

Kambhampati, U., Morse, S., Bennett, R. and Ismael, Y. (2006) Farm-level performance of genetically modified cotton - A frontier analysis of cotton production in Maharashtra. Outlook on Agriculture, 35 (4). pp. 291-297. ISSN 0030-7270

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Abstract/Summary

In this paper, the yield increases resulting from the cultivation of Bt cotton in Maharashtra, India, are analysed. The study relies on commercial farm, rather than trial, data and is among the first of its kind to be based on real farm and market conditions. Findings show that since its commercial release in 2002, Bt cotton has had a significant positive impact on yields and on the economic performance of cotton growers in Maharashtra. This difference remains even after controlling for different soil and insecticide inputs in the production of Bt cotton. There is also significant spatial and temporal variation in this 'benefit', and much depends upon where production is taking place and on the season.

Item Type:Article
Refereed:Yes
Divisions:Faculty of Life Sciences > School of Agriculture, Policy and Development
Interdisciplinary centres and themes > Soil Research Centre
ID Code:8758
Uncontrolled Keywords:bollworm, Bt cotton, India, TRANSGENIC BT COTTON, HELICOVERPA-ARMIGERA HUBNER, SOUTH-AFRICA, CHINA, BIOTECHNOLOGY, BOLLWORM, IMPACT, INDIA

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