Growing Yields in India

 
Cotton:
 
Globally, Monsanto is committed to improving agriculture and thereby improve lives. In India, Monsanto’s mission is to partner the nation and its farmers in their quest towards prosperity and progress.
 
Over the last decade in India, over 60 lakh farmers created India’s cotton revolution by doubling cotton production using higher-yielding hybrid cotton seeds with in-the-seed insect protection Bt cotton technologies making India the world’s second largest producer and exporter of cotton.
 
On a decade-to-decade comparison, India’s average cotton productivity is up 167 per cent from the decade prior (1993-2001) of 300 kg/ha, to the decade post launch of Bt cotton seeds (2002-13) now at an average of 480 kg/ha.
 
According to UK-based research group - PG Economics, higher cotton production and insecticide savings from Bt cotton seeds helped India’s cotton farmers earn Rs. 42,300 crs. additional income between 2002 to 2010.
 
A recent study titled ‘Socio-Economic Impact Assessment of Bt Cotton in India’ by the Council for Social Development (CSD) found that cultivation of hybrid Bt cotton seeds, which began in 2002-03, has seen the average income of farmers increasing by almost 375 per cent, the average cotton yield by 4.95 per cent, cotton area by 4.91 per cent and production by 9.25 per cent across India’s nine major cotton-growing states. 94 per cent of the farmers surveyed in the study were of the view that yields from hybrid Bt cotton seeds were higher than non-Bt cotton.
 
According to 87 per cent of farmers, the average returns from hybrid Bt cotton seeds were much higher as compared to non-Bt cotton. Bt cotton seeds considerably increased the average returns of farmers by almost 375 per cent from the pre-Bt cotton period to Rs. 65,307.82/Hec at the all-India level. 76 per cent and 71 per cent of farmers reported that the quantity and expenditure on pesticide usage on hybrid Bt cotton seeds had reduced over the years, with 90 per cent of farmers claiming that Bt cotton had significantly reduced the attack of Bollworms.
 
Higher returns from Bt cotton cultivation has empowered the farmers and landless labourers to increase their expenditure on improving their livelihood status. On an average 85 per cent of farmers and landless labourers invested in better quality education for their children, 77 per cent reported intake of high value and nutritious food, 70 per cent spent more on recreation and social functions, 75 per cent on health of their family members and 64 per cent on health of livestock. The increased expenditure has in turn improved their livelihood status and led to their overall family development in the last decade. 
 
Indian farmers’ choice to plant hybrid cotton seeds with insect-protection Bt cotton technologies on over 90 per cent of cotton acres, and increased cotton production, is testament to the value created by better seeds, technologies and farming practices, when compared with the alternative of seed and insecticide sprays.
 
Corn:
 
Our high-yielding Dekalb® hybrid corn seeds is India’s largest selling hybrid maize seed brand grown across 18 states, available in 17 high-yielding hybrids to suit India’s diverse agronomic & climatic conditions. Each hybrid is developed in India and tested extensively through our partnerships with several State Agriculture Universities and other leading agricultural institutions
 
With India undergoing a corn revolution – our Dekalb hybrids are a leading contributor. Corn production over the last decade has increased 64 percent from 14 MMT in 2004 – 05 to 23 MMT in 2013 – 14 with productivity increasing by 32 percent to 2.5 MT/ ha in 2013 – 14 from 1.9 MT/ ha in 2004 – 05.
 
Vegetables: 
 
Our high-yielding Seminis® hybrid vegetable seeds offer more than 110 distinct vegetable seeds presenting major vegetable crops of the country including beans, broccoli, cabbage, cauliflower, cucumber, pickling cucumber, eggplant, gourds, hot pepper, musk melon, onion, radish, squash, sweet pepper, tomato, watermelon and other crops
To stay close to local markets, we have facilities in every major vegetable-growing area, taking into account different climates, soil, horticultural practices, and of course, the local consumers’ preferences.
 
We develop hybrids that offer higher yield potential, improved quality, uniformity, flavour and nutrition, as well as better resistance to insect pests and adverse environmental conditions.