Imposing ban on sale of Bt cotton seeds by M/s Mahyco and black listing the company

Karnataka state govt blacklists Mahyco and orders ban on its Bt cotton sales. Cotton is one of the important commercial crop in Karnataka. Farmers of the state are growing Bt cotton in a larger area in recent years. More than 95% of the cotton area is covered by Bt cotton. Bt cotton is mainly cultivated under rainfed as well as in assured rainfall area. Farmers are getting better yield by adopting appropriate crop management practices and there by getting better economic returns. During kharif 2013, Bt cotton was grown in an area of 5.10 lakh hectares in the state.