Need for a Seed Insurance Policy: Prof M S Swaminathan
Chennai, August 29, 2016: There has been a split among agriculture seed companies in their response to the extent of control by state and central government in the areas of pricing and patenting. There is not enough appreciation that most of our farmers have small holdings and low coping capacity if the crop fails due to monsoon aberrations. This is why I suggested about 10 years ago, in a report submitted to the Ministry of Agriculture, Govt. of India that we should introduce a Seed Insurance Policy which will give some protection to farmers in case of crop failure for reason beyond their control. Such a seed insurance policy should be provided to small farmers free of cost along with the seeds by multi-national and national companies. If such protection measures do not exist, it will not be desirable for government to withdraw its control over seed price, since govt. is committed to equity in access to technology.
(MSSRF File pic: Community seed bank maintained by the Community Resource Person, Geeta Tore)
M S Swaminathan Research Foundation (MSSRF) established in 1988 is a not-for-profit trust. MSSRF was envisioned and founded by Professor M S Swaminathan, agriculture scientist with proceeds from the First World Food Prize that he received in 1987.