India is blessed with diverse agro-climatic conditions, which can be harnessed for its potential to become a seed hub for several other countries. To achieve this purpose, the country needs to make investments in R&D and policies to create export opportunities.
India has taken a small step for farmers but a big leap for free market by liberalising farm gate for business, yet shackled farmers and farm families under archaic land ceiling laws. Can agrarian free market be pillared on un-free land, plagued by soil degradation and shrinking water resources?
While giving money to tractor manufacturers may or may not help, the triumvirate – Delhi, UP and Haryana – should look to plan out a green farming zone.
Much stress has been laid on Aatmanirbhar Bharat, and even more on the fact that agriculture will be the backbone of the economy in times to come. But can we have a self-reliant India, or even self-reliant agriculture, without a sovereign seed sector? The Indian government needs to revisit some policies before we can proceed.
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