What are the advantages or disadvantages of selecting Bt varieties of brinjal for farmers?

Scientists and economists consortium anticipate the following benefits to farmers:

  • When used in conjunction with good farming practices, Bt brinjal crops will produce more undamaged fruit than non-bioengineered brinjal crops. Higher yields will lead to increased income for farmers.
  • As the Bt brinjal will require fewer insecticidal sprays, farmer and farm workers’ exposure to insecticides will be minimized.
  • The pricing of varieties distributed through the public system will be based on a cost-recovery model that aims to bring high quality seeds to economically weaker farming communities in the region.
  • Farmers will be able to continue the practice they currently follow for varieties and for hybrids.