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Agricultural Biotechnology and Crop Productivity: Macro-Level Evidences on Contribution of Bt Cotton in India


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1 ICAR-National Institute of Agricultural Economics and Policy Research, New Delhi 110 012, India
2 South Dakota State University, Brookings SD 57007, United States
 

While farm-level empirical studies demonstrate the contribution of Bt technology in increasing crop productivity, there are still questions about its contribution to long-term growth in productivity at the macro-level. Our study examines major technological and seed policy breakthroughs relevant for the cotton crop, and reviews their impact on overall performance of the cotton sector and agricultural biotechnology industry in India. Using state-level panel data on cotton production from all the major cotton-producing zones, we provide empirical evidences on structural change in the cotton yield since the introduction of Bt technology and its impact on long-term growth in productivity at the national level.

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Agricultural Biotechnology, Bt Cotton, Genetic Modification, Macro-Level Productivity.
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Authors

Shivendra Kumar Srivastava
ICAR-National Institute of Agricultural Economics and Policy Research, New Delhi 110 012, India
Deepthi Kolady
South Dakota State University, Brookings SD 57007, United States

Abstract


While farm-level empirical studies demonstrate the contribution of Bt technology in increasing crop productivity, there are still questions about its contribution to long-term growth in productivity at the macro-level. Our study examines major technological and seed policy breakthroughs relevant for the cotton crop, and reviews their impact on overall performance of the cotton sector and agricultural biotechnology industry in India. Using state-level panel data on cotton production from all the major cotton-producing zones, we provide empirical evidences on structural change in the cotton yield since the introduction of Bt technology and its impact on long-term growth in productivity at the national level.

Keywords


Agricultural Biotechnology, Bt Cotton, Genetic Modification, Macro-Level Productivity.

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DOI: https://doi.org/10.18520/cs%2Fv110%2Fi3%2F311-319