It is all set to scale up the Bt cotton market dynamics
In May 2005, Nuziveedu Seeds Ltd, a seeds
manufacturer, announced the launch of its Bt versions of its cotton hybrid
varieties Bunny and Mallika. The company tied up with Mahyco-Monsanto for using
Bt technology in the new varieties. And from May 2005 to March 2006, it sold
about 3.45 lakh packets (each containing 450 g) of Bt hybrid seed for
cultivation in the Kharif season. Bt Bunny and Bt Mallika were sold in
Maharashtra, Gujarat, Madhya Pradesh, Andhra Pradesh, Karnataka and Tamil Nadu.
Of these, 1 lakh packets were sold in Andhra Pradesh. The company's business
from Bt cotton varieties was Rs 62.52 crore in 2005-06, its first year in Bt
operations. The cost per packet worked out to be
Nuziveedu also has a 15-strong cotton hybrid pipeline, two of which are undergoing last stage trials. Besides, it is also looking at Bt varieties in the crops of rice and brinjal. It is also working on developing its own transgenic for imparting resistance to bollworms. It is also working with the Lucknow-based National Botanical Research Institute to develop the technology.
Nuziveedu Seeds was established in 1973 to make good quality seeds of public bred varieties. Towards this, it focused on R&D and now has facilities at Kompally (biotechnology lab, seed testing lab, quality lab) and also fully irrigated research farms in Hyderabad, Nizamabad, Guntur, Nuziveedu, and Gurgaon for plant breeding and evaluation studies.
It is a very well known seed company and has developed good hybrids of cotton, maize, bajra, sorghum, and sunflower in the country, which have earned the trust and confidence of farmers and the market. Its brand, Subeej is a household name.
The company is expected to give good competition to Mahyco and Rasi Seeds, the two other leading Bt cotton players in 2006-07. It was recently given the permission for large-scale field trials of its NCS-915 Bt, NCS-929 Bt, NCHB-940 Bt, NCHB-944 Bt, and NCHB-945 containing Cry 1Ac gene (Monsanto 531 event) and for NCS-145 BG II, NCS-207 BG II containing Cry 1Ac + Cry 2Ab gene (MON 15985 event).