Topic: Issues relating to development and management of Social Sector/Services relating to Health, Education, Human Resources. Issues relating to poverty and hunger
- Do you think the new Seeds Bill is tilted against farmers’ interests and loaded in favour of seed companies? Analyse.
Why this question:
After passing through at least two versions, Seeds Bill 2019 is now under Parliament’s consideration. The earlier versions of the Bill, in 2004 and 2010, had generated heated debates. The present version promises to be no different, the article discusses.
Key demand of the question:
One must critically present a detailed analysis of the new seeds Bill and its utility to the farmers.
analyze – When asked to analyse, you have to examine methodically the structure or nature of the topic by separating it into component parts and present them as a whole in a summary.
Structure of the answer:
In brief define the intent of the bill.
In the body of the answer list down the highlights of the Bill.
Explain that according to the government, a new Seeds Bill is necessary to enhance seed replacement rates in Indian agriculture, specify standards for registration of seed varieties and enforce registration from seed producers to seed retailers. While these goals are indeed worthy, any such legislation is expected to be in alignment with the spirit of the PPVFR Act.
Present arguments for and against the Bill.
Discuss the concerns that farmers may face owing to selected features of the bill.
Suggest solutions to the challenges posed by the bill.
Conclude with way ahead.