Seven Seed Companies To Command Rajasthan Agriculture

Last week, y’all read how Monsanto had quietly entered into an understanding alongside the Rajasthan regime virtually taking over its agricultural inquiry in addition to extension [ ]. Well, nosotros at nowadays larn that Monsanto is non alone. There are vi other companies which stimulate got signed nearly a similar form of understanding alongside the Rajasthan government.

An indication to this came from State Agriculture Minister Harjiram Burdak. He was quoted inwards Dainik Bhaskar (Oct 13, 20101) every bit maxim that several other MoUs are inwards the offing.

After Rajasthan regime wrote a missive of the alphabet on June 23 inviting seed companies nether public-private partnership to come upwards to the ‘rescue’ of the semi-arid State, Pioneer Seeds was the starting fourth dimension to formally sign an MoU on July 20. Monsanto was likely the finally of the lot to accomplish an agreement on July 27. As per the invitation letter, the State regime would finally devise an activity project design inside 3 months of signing the agreements. It volition hence survive interesting to come across what activity project design the State regime is secretly developing alongside the someone seed companies.

The vi companies, too Monsanto, are:     

1. Pioneer Seeds
2. Advanta Seeds
3. Krishi Dhan
4. JK Seeds
5. Sriram Bio Seeds, and
6. Kanchan Jyoti

I volition non repeat what I stimulate got already said inwards my before spider web log post service Monsanto takes over agriculture of semi-arid Rajasthan. My colleague Dr G V Ramanjaneyulu, Executive Director of the Centre for Sustainable Agriculture, Hyderabad, has meanwhile expressed his concerns. I would similar to share his viewpoint with you:

Its actually scary to come across this form of understanding betwixt a State in addition to all its agriculture mechanism (Add. primary secretary, commissioner agril, vice chancellors, managing director hort, patch seed corporations) to create an appropriate policy surroundings to encourage project design inwards agriculture. this understanding raises few telephone commutation issues.

This is inwards reply to a invite yesteryear Rajasthan govt dated 23rd june, 2010 in addition to the understanding was signed on 27th July 2010. what made the patch govt to consequence such letter? lack of project design (if in addition to so on what basis?), why inwards such a hurry in addition to how come upwards in addition to so quickly? who are others who responded for this letter?

This MoU provides for identifying suitable high yielding maize/cotton/vegetable hybrids for rainfed areas of rajasthan whereas the sense till at nowadays shows that the hybrids are non suitable for rainfed areas. the study of planning committee on vidharba farmers suicides clearly stated that the Bt cotton wool hybrids non beingness suitable for rainfed areas every bit they are H2O guzzling

Cross licensing for hybrids developed yesteryear SAUs to Monsanto volition plow over away world germplasm to someone profits. the licensing of Monsanto hybrids to patch volition brand patch to pass world coin to plow over someone profits. In fact who needs these hybrids? the state? if in addition to so what happened to all the world sector maize var/hybrids released in addition to so far yesteryear rajasthan patch agriculture universities? in addition to All Republic of Republic of India Coordinated Research Project on Maize in addition to Directorate of Maize Research?

Fair chance for Partnership seems to survive to capture the seed subsidies provided yesteryear the subdivision of agriculture/horticulture/tribal evolution in addition to other evolution subdivision to assist farmers. on what set down such assessment would survive made?

Feasibility of protected varieties in addition to honoring the Proprietary rights Monsanto holds seems to survive 1 of the existent intentions behind this MoU. We may retrieve that inwards Republic of Republic of India patents on seed are non accepted in addition to Monsanto in addition to its affiliate MMB are using such license agreements (in fact someone agreements which stimulate got no legal validity) to command their IPRs. Given the Bt cotton wool royalty sense inwards Andhra Pradesh (royalty on bt cotton wool is Rs. 150/packet) in addition to Rajasthan (royalty on bt cotton wool is Rs. 1200/packet) shows how crucial it is for patch governments to human activity on behalf of farmers rather than to create goodness the someone companies.

State providing Earth in addition to infrastructure for the society to found their units is completely unacceptable. the patch governments which are non providing whatever funds to the patch universities in addition to patch seed corporations spending huge coin to back upwards someone manufacture is completely unacceptable.

Monsanto volition convey upwards Feasibility assessment of activities based on its ain criterion processes of conclusion making where every bit patch in addition to its mechanism has non position inwards whatever such conditionality.

This MoU should survive immediately withdrawn. Any novel proposal made nether this MoU should survive subjected to world scrutiny in addition to stimulate got a world debate. State cannot create upwards one’s hear on its ain every bit it has large ecological in addition to economical implications in addition to legal implications inwards long run.