An international development organization, in response to a vitamin A deficiency among people in the impoverished nation of Tagus, has engineered a new breed of millet high in vitamin A. While seeds for this new type of millet cost more, farmers will be paid subsidies for farming the new variety of millet. Since millet is already a staple food in Tagus, people will readily adopt the new variety. To combat vitamin A deficiency, the government of Tagus should do everything it can to promote this new type of millet.
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Author says government of Tagus should do everything to promote new type of millet to combat vitamin A deficiency. There is vitamin A deficiency in the impoverished nation of Tagus. According to given argument, seeds of new millet cost more so farmers will be paid subsidies for farming them. What if subsidies are not sufficient? We do not have exact numbers of how much subsidy is given to farmers and how much is the cost of seeds. How the farmers will manage with low subsidies? Farmers will have their own farming techniques, which crops they want to farm. They must be doing it since years. Farming land will be same then why would they shift from their regular farming to new type of millet. What if farmers are not ready to farm new variety of millet?
Millet is already a staple food in Tagus. Then why people will shift from regular millet to this new variety? It may happen that people won't like taste of new millet. Government is giving subsidies to farmers as seeds of new variety of millet are costly. It means that most probably new millet will also be costly than regular millet. Vitamin deficiency is in the impoverished nation of Tagus. Poor people won't be able to afford new millet if it is costly.
Author says to combat vitamin A deficiency, government should do everything to promote new type of millet. Government should find out why their is vitamin A deficiency in people. If there is any solid reason for deficiency then government should spread awareness among the people regarding it.
Argument does not provide any evidence of research conducted. It says international development organization has engineered a new breed of millet. Government should conduct research first. They should experiment it on a group of people before promoting it in Tagus. Government should conduct a survey to examine efficiency of the new type of millet. Is it really effective? It should be verified it it is causing any other harmful effects on consumers. There should be proper research about how much quantity of millet should be consumed daily to overcome vitamin A deficiency. It is not even mentioned in the argument that any research is conducted before giving new millet to people.
Argument is fallacious in terms of efficiency of new millet, millet will be promoted without any prior experiments, poor people will be able to afford new millet and why would farmers farm new type of millet ? Author has not given valid explanation for above points.
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