Centre seeks wider consultations on licensing guidelines for Bt cotton technology


The Agriculture Ministry has put up the draft licensing guidelines for Bt cotton technology for comments and suggestions from all stakeholders so that relevant proposals can be incorporated, Agriculture Minister Radha Mohan Singh has said.

The Minister clarified that the Centre’s decision to cap the price of Bt cotton seed in March this year at Rs. 800 per packet of 450 grams had not been rolled-back.

“Comments have been invited only on the licensing guidelines for new traits of genetically modified cotton. The decision on capping the price of Bt cotton seed remains,” the Minister said at a press conference on two years of governance.

Agriculture production in 2016-17 will increase if the monsoon is good as predicted in the forecasts made so far, the Minister said.

Despite lower rainfall in 2015-16 farm production had not taken a hit, the Minister pointed, adding that it was the result of the hard work done by scientists in the development of drought-resistant varieties of seeds.

“If agriculture production did not fall when rainfall was less, it is bound to increase if rainfall is plenty this year,” he said.