AP releases draft Seed Bill
Hyderabad, March 22:
The Andhra Pradesh Government has called for opinions from various stakeholders on the draft of the Seed Bill – 2012. The bill promises to protect the interests of the farmers in times of distress and to check malpractices in the distribution of seeds.
“As stated earlier, we have put the draft online. We request them to go through the draft and come out with suggestions by March 25. We will be the first State to have the Seed Act,” State Agriculture Minister Kanna Lakshminarayana said here on Friday.
The Government had set up an experts’ panel with the Principal Secretary as its head.
“It has prepared the draft within the stipulated time. It has been put on apagrisnet and agagri.gov.in Web sites,” the Minister said.
After reviewing the opinions, the Minister would hold a meeting with the leaders of farmers’ associations and other stakeholders on March 26.