The Bt cotton in question is the Bikaneri Narma (BN) Bt (variety) and the Bt NHH-44 (Bt hybrid) touted as the “first indigenous public sector-bred GM crop in India” developed by the Central Institute for Cotton Research, Nagpur (CICR) and University of Agricultural Sciences, Dharwad (UAS) along with Indian Agricultural Research Institute (IARI).

Innovations play an important role in food production as well as in optimizing resource utilization by farmers. An innovation is an idea, practice or object that is perceived as new by an individual or others in a given system.

This new ICAR study finds that the degraded and wastelands in the country cover 120.4 M ha. It provides a new dimension for their rehabilitation and implementation of developmental plans can be streamlined using this study.


Read this latest book by P.K. Aggarwal that presents likely impacts of climate change on different agricultural sectors. It shows the assessment of the magnitude of emissions of GHGs from Indian agriculture and evaluates the potential of various mitigation strategies.

Inaugural speech of Shri Sharad Pawar, Union Minister Of Agriculture And Consumers Affairs, Food and Public Distribution on the occasion of the 4th WCCA, 4th February, 2009, New Delhi.

The technical programme for evaluation of the Bt cotton hybrids through ICAR trials during 2008-09 was formulated under the Chairmanship of the Assistant Director General (Commercial Crops), Indian Council of Agricultural Research, New Delhi for the four events which have been approved for commercial cultivation by GEAC (Ministry of Environment and Forests, Govt. of India).