Bangladesh starts demo trial growing of Bt cotton

Bangladesh has actually started minimal growing for “presentation trials” of 2 ranges of Bt ( Bacillus thuringiensis) cotton throughout 13 production zones and 5 cotton research study centres, the United States Department of Farming (USDA) has actually stated.

The Dhaka post of USDA’s Foreign Agricultural Service stated the growing started after the National Committee on Biosafety gave approval on August 20, 2023 following an application from Bangladesh’s Cotton Advancement Board (CDB).

The CDB looked for the release of JKCH 1947 and JKCH 1050 Bt ranges for “presentation trials”. These trials are happening on the plots of 138 farmers (0.25 acres/plot) and 30 on farm research study plots (0.11 acre/plot), jointly 37.8 acres, the Dhaka post stated.

Planting postponed.

Bt cotton farmers informed the Dhaka Post that they planted the Bt seeds a little bit late as they got them late. Besides, they experienced heavy rains after seed germination, causing some damage and lowered vegetative development.

Nevertheless, the farmers explained noticeable distinctions in the Bt plants compared to conventional ranges. “The farmers stay enthusiastic that Bt cotton growing will decrease their expenses for insecticides,” the post stated.

These Bt cotton ranges can withstand bollworm and Fall armyworm in the plant.

The advancement comes even as India has actually been not able to present any brand-new Bt range, especially the herbicide tolerant Bt one, because 2006.

The Indian angle.

Hyderabad-based JK Agri Genes Ltd, an arm of the JK Organisation, worked together with the Bangladesh federal government to hold field trials of these Bt cotton ranges.

Nevertheless, Gyanendra Shukla, President and Director of JK Agri Genes, much better widely referred to as JK Seeds, informed businessline 2 years ago that “We are not doing anything on our own. Nor are we participated in any business activity in Bangladesh.

Bangladesh’s CDB is devoted to the advancement of hybrid and short-duration, high-yielding cotton ranges which display preferable fiber attributes.

The Dhaka post stated the CDB, in cooperation with a personal seed business based in Bangladesh, has actually been actively importing hybrid cotton seeds from China. Research study is likewise being carried out to examine the flexibility of these imported ranges to the regional conditions.

Cotton output target.

According to the CDB, cotton is cultivated in 39 of the 64 districts in Bangladesh. However cotton growing comprises just 0.55 percent of the overall 8.1 million hectares of arable land in the neighbouring nation.

In your area, Bangladesh produces less than 2 percent of its overall cotton usage with the location under the natural fiber increasing just partially because 2016.

The Bangladesh Federal government has actually set a target to fulfill 10 percent of its need for the fiber through domestic production. The majority of the cotton is cultivated in Bangladesh throughout the rabi season. However growth in cotton growing has actually been obstructed by the reality that growers need to bypass cultivating aman rice, cultivated throughout June-July, and winter season veggies.


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