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Introduction of Biotechnology in India’s Agriculture

Impact, Performance and Economics

  • Vasant P. Gandhi
  • Dinesh Jain

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xxix
  2. Introduction

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
    2. Vasant P. Gandhi, Dinesh Jain
      Pages 3-5
    3. Vasant P. Gandhi, Dinesh Jain
      Pages 7-16
    4. Vasant P. Gandhi, Dinesh Jain
      Pages 17-26
  3. Bt Cotton vis-a-vis Non-Bt Cotton Overall in India

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 27-27
    2. Vasant P. Gandhi, Dinesh Jain
      Pages 29-32
    3. Vasant P. Gandhi, Dinesh Jain
      Pages 41-52
    4. Vasant P. Gandhi, Dinesh Jain
      Pages 53-62
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      Pages 63-70
  4. State Study 1: Andhra Pradesh

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 71-71
    2. Vasant P. Gandhi, Dinesh Jain
      Pages 73-84
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      Pages 85-88
    4. Vasant P. Gandhi, Dinesh Jain
      Pages 105-113
  5. State Study 2: Gujarat

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 129-129
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      Pages 131-149
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      Pages 151-154
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      Pages 155-164
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      Pages 165-178
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      Pages 179-181
  6. State Study 3: Maharashtra

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 183-183
    2. Vasant P. Gandhi, Dinesh Jain
      Pages 185-189
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      Pages 191-195
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      Pages 197-202
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      Pages 203-216
  7. State Study 4: Tamil Nadu

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 223-223
    2. Vasant P. Gandhi, Dinesh Jain
      Pages 225-228
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      Pages 229-232
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      Pages 233-245
    5. Vasant P. Gandhi, Dinesh Jain
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      Pages 257-266
  8. Back Matter
    Pages 267-272

About this book

Introduction

Biotechnology can bring major breakthroughs in agriculture. The book examines the experience of introduction of biotechnology in Indian agriculture, specifically, examining the performance of Bt cotton versus non-Bt cotton across India’s major cotton states, namely Andhra Pradesh, Gujarat, Maharashtra and Tamil Nadu, which together account for nearly 70 percent of the country’s cotton production. Major advances in biotechnology have made it possible to directly identify genes, determine their functions, and transfer them from one organism to another. The advances have spawned many technologies and Bt cotton is one important outcome. Bt cotton has become one of the most widely cultivated transgenic crops and is currently grown in 21 countries - 11 developing and 10 industrialized countries. The Government of India was relatively late in permitting biotechnology, only approving the cultivation of three transgenic Bt cotton hybrids from April 2002. Many concerns were raised about their performance there was strong opposition from some quarters. In India, Gujarat and Maharastra were the first states to adopt them, followed by Andhra Pradesh, Karnataka, Tamil Nadu and Madhya Pradesh. Based on a sample of 694 farming households, the book examines and analyzes the performance on the yields, pesticide costs, seed costs, overall production costs and profits. It also reports on the environmental impacts, satisfaction with the technology and ways of improving its performance.

Keywords

Biotechnology in Agriculture Bt Cotton v/s Non-Bt Cotton New Technology & its Adoption Agricultural Performance & Economics Environmental Impacts

Authors and affiliations

  • Vasant P. Gandhi
    • 1
  • Dinesh Jain
    • 2
  1. 1.Centre for Management in AgricultureIndian Institute of Management Ahmedabad (IIMA)AhmedabadIndia
  2. 2.Entrepreneurship Development Institute of IndiaAhmedabadIndia

Bibliographic information

  • DOI https://doi.org/10.1007/978-981-10-1091-0
  • Copyright Information Centre for Management in Agriculture (CMA), Indian Institute of Management, Ahemdabad 2016
  • Publisher Name Springer, Singapore
  • eBook Packages Economics and Finance
  • Print ISBN 978-981-10-1090-3
  • Online ISBN 978-981-10-1091-0
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