The Telangana Rashtra Samiti (TRS) on Tuesday threatened to launch a region-wide agitation in the event of the State government enhancing the price of Bt cotton seed. The party will discuss the issue at its plenary in Mahabubnagar on April 29.

At a press conference, TRS leader B. Goverdhan Reddy demanded the government not to consider the request from Bt seed companies to hike the price as it will result in severe problems for farmers in Telangana region. He said that the demand for Bt cotton seed in the region was about 50 lakh packets which would mean an additional burden of about Rs. 180 crore if the price were to be enhanced to Rs. 1,050 per packet.

Drawing a comparison, the TRS leader said the total demand in Andhra Pradesh was about 80 lakh packets of seed and the hike would cost a burden of about Rs. 300 crore. “The matter would be brought to the notice of our president K. Chandrashekhar Rao before being discussed at the plenary,” he pointed out.