By Charissa Luci-Atienza
AAMBIS-OWA partylist Rep. Sharon Garin has called on her colleagues to put an end to the rampant sale of counterfeit seeds in the country.
The chairman of the House Committee on Economic Affairs urged the House Committee on Agriculture and Food, chaired by Quezon Rep. Mark Enverga to give due attention to her House Bill 3591, which seeks to curb the proliferation of unlawful seed lots.
“This measure will help bring high-quality seeds to Filipino farmers. Considering how vulnerable our country is to climate change, there is a need for us to bring drought-tolerant and climate-smart varieties closer to the farmers. But how can we gain the confidence of investors if the sale of counterfeit seeds is rampant in the country?,” Garin said in a statement.
HB 3591 seeks to amend the two-decade old Republic Act No. 7308, otherwise known as the Seed Industry Development Act.
HB 3591 defines unlawful seed lots as those infested with pests or infected with diseases sold by dealers/producers with false documents.