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Farm-Level Economic Performance of Genetically Modified Cotton in Maharashtra, India

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A study of the commercial growing of Bacillus thuringiensis (Bt) cotton in India, compares the performance of over 9,000 Bt and non-Bt cotton farm plots in Maharashtra over the 2002 and 2003 seasons. Results show that since their commercial release in 2002, Bt cotton varieties have had a significant positive impact on average yields and on the economic performance of cotton growers. Regional variation showed that, in a very few areas, not all farmers had benefited from increased performance of Bt varieties.
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Document Type: Research Article

Affiliations: 1: Richard Bennett is a professor of Agricultural Economics, Department of Agricultural and Food Economics, The University of Reading, UK. 2: Uma Kambhampati is a senior lecturer, Department of Economics, The University of Reading, UK. 3: Stephen Morse is a reader in Development Studies, Department of Geography, The University of Reading, UK. 4: Yousouf Ismael is a research fellow, Department of Agricultural and Food Economics, The University of Reading, UK.

Publication date: March 1, 2006

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