The Maharashtra State Cooperative Cotton Growers Marketing Federation Ltd (MSCCGMFL), world’s largest cotton supplier, supporting more than 2.5 million cotton farmers had entered in to a business of promoting the use of BT cotton seeds among the cotton growers in collaboration with Krishidhan Seeds Private Limited, an agricultural biotech company, according to a fibre2fashion report.
Proceeding further to public-private partnership, Mahacot (KDCHH-065 BG-II) and Mahacot-2 (KDCHH 641 BG II), the two highest yielding cotton seed varieties from Krishidhan Seeds will be provided to the farmer for the current kharif season. These two seed varieties are renowned for their high resistance against all major sucking pests, armyworm (Spodoptera) and bollworm (Helicoverpa), which are responsible for reducing cotton output across India.
Mahacot is highly suited for both the rain fed and irrigated areas and has good adaptability to all kinds of soil, with guaranteed high yields. The crop grows very high due to the undefined growth habit and has excellent rejuvenation capacity. Mahacot-2 is known for its bigger boll size and high yielding capacity coupled with good fibre quality. It possesses very good rejuvenation capacity under irrigation conditions and intensive management.
MSCCGMFL Chairman NP Hirani said that being one of the world’s leading cotton producers, India has an ability to be a dominant cotton market player. He also added that under the public-private partnership model, they would make BT seeds available to cotton farmers at a reasonable price and in their neighborhoods. He further hoped that the partnership with Krishidhan Seeds would go a long way in ensuring enhanced benefits to farmers.
Expressing happiness over the collaboration Sushil Karwa, Managing Director at Krishidhan Group of Companies, said that at Krishidhan Seeds they strive to establish themselves as a socially responsible seed company working for up gradation of the farmers. He also added that such strategic alliances could help them achieve their goals.
What is more, through this collaboration the farmers are provided with good quality seeds which help them to enhance their output this season.