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SOCIO ECONOMIC IMPACT OF BT COTTON IN ANDHRA PRADESH, INDIA: A COMPARATIVE STUDY

M Chandrasekhara Reddy1, K Tirapamma2 and K Gurava Reddy3
  1. Scientist (Agrl Economics), Regional Agricultural Research Station, Lam (of ANGRAU), Guntur, Andhra Pradesh
  2. Research Associate, Regional Agricultural Research Station, Lam (of ANGRAU), Guntur, Andhra Pradesh
  3. Scientist (Extension), Regional Agricultural Research Station, Lam (of ANGRAU), Guntur, A.P.
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Abstract

This paper explores the economic performance of Bt cotton and consequent perceived social benefits accrued for the technology adopters. Introduction of Bt cotton reduced number of sprays on cotton from 8.9 to 4.6 and the share of plant protection from 32.16 to 11.84 percent in total costs. Productivity increase is significant that 51.16 percent more yield with the introduction of Bt cotton. The percentage increase in net returns is 291 resulted in relief from debts, more spending on education, health and social functions. The amount of time spent in the field reduced. This makes them perceive better life after Bt introduction.

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