29 November, 2020

A Bad Seed In The Bag

The Indo-US deal on agriculture looks loaded in favour of American business

A Bad Seed In The Bag
Where It Will Hit The Son Of The Soil
  • The KIA paves the way for more agriculture patents, making farmers dependent on private firms for technology
  • Thrust is on new research rather than better efficiency of existing technologies
  • Transfer protocol of bio-resources for research unclear. So, danger of bio-piracy.
  • Major agri-business corporations well represented on the KIA board
  • Left says the inherent privatisation in the deal is against the CMP of UPA regime


It hasn't raised as much controversy as the nuclear deal but there's another Indo-US programme kicking up a lot of dust among the scientific community and the Left parties. While many agricultural scientists and the CPI(M) have all along been critical of the Knowledge Initiative on Agriculture (KIA)—which hopes to boost 'agricultural cooperation' between the two nations—opposition gained momentum last month with the well-known Centre for Sustainable...


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