Great 2012 results for cotton projects in India and Pakistan
The partnership’s joint cotton projects in India and Pakistan clearly show that not only the environment benefits from more sustainable farming practices - in 2012, project farmers’ earnings in India were around 70 percent higher compared to those using conventional cultivation methods, according to fresh data from WWF.
Each year, WWF takes data from project farmers and data from a sample of conventional farmers and compare them by calculating the difference in average use of pesticides, fertilisers and water. The calculations provide an indication of the situation of both types of farmers in a given year.
Pakistan (districts Bahawalpur and T. T. Singh, Punjab):
• 45% average reduction of pesticides
• 28% average reduction of water use
• 29% average reduction of fertilisers
• 24% average increase of farmers’ gross margins
• ~ 40,000 farmers active
India: (district Aurangabad, Maharashtra)
• 69% average reduction of pesticides
• 19% average reduction in water use
• 36% average reduction of fertilisers
• 70% average increase of farmers’ gross margins
• ~ 5,000 farmers active
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