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Who Will Gain from New Seed Policy

Who Will Gain from New Seed Policy

Who Will Gain from New Seed Policy? ABHIJIT BHATTACHARJEE's report on the New Seed Policy (October 8,1988) is very well written and highlights many of the issues involved, there is indeed cause for concern. The result of the policy will be that just as in the US and Europe, all small and struggling seed companies and research institutions will be shallowed up eventually. There are many factors which can be blamed for the present state of affairs. Mainly it has been the attitude of the central and state governments towards the infant seed industry in India that has been struggling since 1964 to achieve economic viability. The ICAR as well as the state seed corporations and ministries of agriculture have never had a long-term policy vis-a-vis the private seed trade. Over the past two or three years the trend has been at Ieast In Maharashtra to monopolise the seed industry in government hands. This has resulted in insufficient margins for the private seed trade as the state corporations do not pay interest on their capital needs. Also the frequent transfer of key personnel affects their fortunes. 1988 was and 1989 is going to be years of seed shortages due to the inefficiency of the agricultural universities in the production of foundation seed of publicly bred varieties.

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