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Cabinet approves new Seed Bill

The Cabinet on Thursday approved the new Seed Bill that seeks to check sale of spurious seeds by making registration mandatory for sale of the key farm input.

New Delhi: The Cabinet on Thursday approved the new
Seed Bill that seeks to check sale of spurious seeds by making
registration mandatory for sale of the key farm input.

"The Cabinet has approved the Seed Bill," a senior
minister said after the Cabinet meeting.

The Seed Bill 2004 was first introduced in 2004 to
replace the existing Seed Act of 1966. The new Bill aims to
ensure quality of seeds and take care of interest of farmers.
It will address concern regarding sowing, use, exchange and
sale of seed.

The Bill was approved by the Cabinet thrice earlier but
could not be passed in Parliament, the minister said.

PTI