The revised draft Seeds Bill 2019, which the Ministry of Agriculture and Farmers’ Welfare placed in the public domain recently for suggestions and comments, seems to be a watered down version of a draft prepared about nine years ago by the then United Progressive Alliance (UPA) government.

An Act to provide for improved production and marketing of agricultural produce and/or livestock and/or its product through holistic contract farming and to promote the farmers’ interest and facilitate the contracting parties to develop mutually beneficial and efficient contract farming system, and also promote services contract, by putting in p