Campaign: Promote Food Sovereignty, Resist Seed Piracy

dscf0722Despite its promising name, the so-called ‘Green Revolution’ of the sixties count not proved good for the small and landless farmers in Pakistan. This policy change was in fact became a leverage of profits and wealth accumulation for large farmers and landowners. They received hefty subsidies to use hybrid seeds and other inputs. An additional result was an increase in chemical fertilizer, pesticides and polluting tractors.

These big farmers thus forgot their traditional way of farming and this led in promulgation of new Seed Act law in1976. The Seed Act gave preferential treatment to the commercial seed industry. The use of by farm-saved seed was discouraged, and people whose work traditionally consisted of saving and storing seeds were robbed of their work.

Genetic engineering Over the years, these commercial firms were expended larger and stingy . The old 1976 law in the meantime no longer meets their needs of the so called modern seed industry.  In 2014, therefore, proposed an amendment. For large companies such as Monsanto, Syngenta and affinity want to take it up the Pakistani agriculture with

Genetically engineered seeds.

This new law is called the Seed Amendment Bill 2014: a monstrosity that was drafted without that all stakeholders are involved. The law only serves the interests of the established names and the big players. Imposing this law on farmers, there is a severe restriction on the exchange of traditional seeds among farmers. They could not maintain & multiplying their indigenous seeds and whosoever does, a risking hefty fine to be increased repeatedly. In the worst case can even imprisonment are handed out.

Moreover, as long as farmers continue preserving and growing their own seeds, it is difficult for seed companies to sell their seeds. So where technological control does not work, they ensure their profits and control over recourses and through laws as a tool for big companies to prevent farmers save their seeds, or forcing them to pay for self -saved seed. Thus forcing the law to buy seeds from them those big companies. ”

Rural resistance

But he who sows the wind shall reap the whirlwind, thriving on such a peasant struggle Peoples Common Struggle Center (PCSC) with the support of XminY, Solidarity Fund Netherland has started the campaign ” Promote Food Sovereignty , Resist Seed Piracy . By a massive mobilization of farmers want to create nationwide protest against the law. In many parts of the smaller farming communities’ people have little or no educational attainment. This often lack information and do not know what is hanging over their heads. Therefore, it is necessary hard that they mobilized and informed. So that Pakistani farmers can fight together for a fairer and more equitable policy