Efficacy of the Bt trait has come down vastly in the last two years, so its trait value should also be reduced
The SJM is the economic wing of Sangh Parivar, the Hindu nationalist movement in India.
SJM urges ministry to reduce trait value of Bt cotton seeds
In a letter to union agriculture minister, Radha Mohan Singh, the Swadeshi Jagran Manch (SJM) urged him to provide relief to farmers suffering from low cotton crop yields, by reducing trait value of BT cotton seeds to Rs 25. According to SJM, efficacy of the BT trait has come down vastly in the last two years, so its trait value should also be reduced.
"SJM requests you to kindly reduce the trait value for BT cotton seeds from Rs 49 to Rs 25 for giving relief to the farmers, who are suffering from its low yield," a news agency quoted SJM's national co-convener, Ashwani Mahajan as saying in the letter.
"We think there is a lapse in fixing trait value. Request you to examine facts and reduce trait value to Rs 25 and thereby fix MSP of BT cotton seeds price at Rs 775," Mahajan added.