India to set up bio-diversity authority

The authority will keep a check on inflow of external pests while importing agricultural and animal products

 The Cabinet has approved a Bill that aims to set up National Agriculture Bio-diversity Authority to keep a check on inflow of external pests while importing agricultural and animal products.

 The National Agriculture Bio-diversity Bill will replace the Destructive Insects and Pest Act of 1914.

 The Bill will have provisions to protect the country’s bio-diversity through stricter norms for import of agricultural, animal and fish products.

 The proposed law will ensure streamlining of all plantation quarantine issues like pest-diseases and the threats of bio-terrorism either man-made or natural.

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