Project Team: Dr. Sachin Chaturvedi
This RIS study launched with the support from the International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI), Washington D.C. is in its final stage of submission. The study analyses the structure, progress and degree of competitiveness of the seed industry since the introduction of New Seed Policy in 1988. It specifically focuses on the high value low volume crops in which the private sector has a predominant presence such as corn, millet, sorghum, cotton and vegetables. However, it was found that recently the private sector is showing keen interest in developing a high volume high value market as well. As a result it was found that the hybrid rice market is also emerging in a major way. The study looks into the implications of the new IPR regime (after January 2005) for the seed sector and the consequent changes following the Seeds Act 2001. part from this, the study also looks into other issues such as the magnitude and nature of FDI in the Seeds Industry. The study involves extensive field work. A draft report was submitted in May 2007 which would be finalized in the light of comments received.