The initiative originated in 2013 and was approved in the first discussion in 2014. This Monday it was approved in the second discussion, after public consultation throughout the country as established by Venezuelan law. Now, the project goes to the plenary session of the National Assembly.
The initiative is made up of 71 articles, two repealing provisions and three final provisions, according to the VTV network. The regulation aims to promote national food sovereignty, regulate the production of hybrid seed but rejecting the production, distribution and import of transgenic seeds.
On the other hand, the draft Law on Seeds foresees the creation of a National Seed System that will protect and control seeds "with capacity and force, both technically and organizationally and institutionally to prevent, identify, detect, correct, avoid and punish violations of this prohibition ", according to the bill.
The law is based on Article 305 of the Constitution, which establishes that the State must promote sustainable agriculture as a strategic basis for comprehensive rural development, to guarantee food security.
In October last year, peasants, indigenous people, environmentalists and different social movements from Venezuela mobilized in Caracas to defend this law, after it was approved in the first discussion. All the participants of that demonstration assured that the privatization or any type of certification of the seed brings serious risks to the food sovereignty of the nation.
The initiative originated in 2013 and was approved in the first discussion in 2014. Now, the project goes to the plenary of the National Assembly.