India, Bangladesh agreement on HYV rice
India in Business, May 01,
Seed associations of
India and Bangladesh on April 30 signed a cooperation agreement
to initiate cross-border trade in high-yielding variety (HYV)
rice seeds that will also enable knowledge-sharing in their
production and trade.
A Memorandum of Understanding for this purpose was signed here
between the Bangladesh Seeds Association and the National Seed
Association of India.
There is currently no formal trade between both countries in HYV
rice seeds, but there much movement through informal channels in
this low-value, high-volume trade that is nevertheless of
importance to the food security of the region.
While a protocol has been recently signed between India,
Bangladesh and Nepal creating the possibility for the release of
seed varieties developed by one country in others, Thursday's
MoU marks a definitive step closer to formalisation of rice
seeds trade and knowledge-sharing.
The MoU event saw the report dissemination of a two-year-long
research and advocacy project by CUTS International on
"Addressing barriers to rice seeds trade between India and
Bangladesh" carried out with support of the Bill & Melinda Gates
"This is an attempt to make the informal trade in rice seeds
legal. Since varieties released in India are notified, the
attempt is to harmonise the notifications with Bangladesh and
Nepal," Rajesh Kumar Singh, joint secretary (seeds) in the
agriculture ministry told IANS on the sidelines of the event.
"This way we'll end up saving three years that is otherwise
taken up by trials. We have tried to regulate more of this trade
so that farmers in both countries have access to better quality
seeds," he added.
"The situation calls for analysing factors that can enable the
formalisation of rice seeds trade and knowledge-sharing," Deputy
High Commissioner of Bangladesh Salahuddin Noman Chowdhury said
in his address.
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