Improving farmers' income
Across India, Bayer projects help farmers raise productivity to improve their livelihood. To the 90 million small farmers in India, a football field represents a lot of land and they usually do with much less.
Bayer supports cotton farmers in Rajasthan by supplying seed and the expertise for efficient crop protection. As a result, they have doubled their yields which has gone from 9.0 lakh bales in 2007-2008 to 17.0 lakh bales in 2014-2015. At the same time, the introduction of insect-resistant BT cotton has reduced the number of applications of insecticides and this reduced the costs for the farmers. The way forward to consolidate and maintain cotton yield and production are by improving the availability of high quality seed, promoting optimum utilization of available water resources through installation of drip irrigation with improved subsidy package and promoting hybrid seed varieties that give higher lint cotton and new technological adoption through High Density Planting System (HDPS).
In Karnataka, Bayer helps farmers produce better pickling cucumbers. The involvement of a specialized crop team has helped to introduce a high yielding and disease resistant variety recently which has boosted yields by 10-15% and increased farmers’ income by up to 15%.
In two other Indian states, Bayer promotes the use of hybrid rice, which yields at least 20% more than the best inbreds grown in similar conditions. Their superior performance is due largely to their dense root system and vigorous growth, high tillering ability, larger panicles, heavy grains and wide adaptation across many eco-climatic and soil types. This also improves farmers' income.
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