Soya germination failure: Seed industry locks horns with Maharashtra govt

Seed Industries Association of Maharashtra has demanded that the State government must reconsider its decision to file police cases against seed companies on farmers’ complaints about early germination failure of Soyabean seeds. It demanded that the government must appoint a committee to probe germination failure. The association President Ajeet Mulay in a recent letter to State Agriculture Commissioner said filing FIRs against seed companies will result in long term adverse consequences. “Already the seed industry is shifting to neighbouring States. This shifting of companies to other States will gain momentum if this situation (filing of cases against companies) prevails,” he said. Share of private seed companies in seed distribution in Maharashtra is about 60 per cent, according to the industry body, which represents 77 seed companies. It has attributed various reasons including sowing time for failure of early germination.

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