Union Minister of Agriculture and Farmers Welfare Radha Mohan Singh said that the Protection of Plant Varieties and Farmers Right Act ( PPV & FRA) will be restructured, upgraded and modernized to implement the National IPR policy with regard to plant varieties.
Speaking at an award function organised by PPV & FR Authority in New Delhi on Wednesday Singh said, “ The Authority will make more efforts to improve IP creation, management, utilization of IP in plant varieties and also collaborate with ICAR Institutes, State Agricultural Universities (SAUs) and National Seeds Association of India (NSAI) etc.”
He distributed the Genome Savior Award 2012-13 to awardees. Minister of State for Agriculture & Farmers Welfare Parshottam Rupala and the Minister of State for Agriculture & Farmers Welfare, Sudarshan Bhagat were present on the occasion.
Singh said that PPV &FRA can also make efforts by initiating necessary action to commercialize the prominent farmers varieties registered with the Authority, which can play vital role in increasing of production and productivity.
“Our Government has recently during the month of May, 2016 announced National IPR policy to promote a holistic and conducive ecosystem to catalyse the full potential of Intellectual Property for India’s economic growth and socio cultural development in general and growth of seed market in particular while protecting public interest,” he added.
The Minister emphasized The Indian agricultural research system is one of the strongest in the world. The challenge before us is to develop new & improved varieties/hybrid suitable to various agro climatic regions and also to counter the biotic & abiotic stresses while improving productivity in a sustainable manner.
The PPV&FR Act created a level playing field for both public and private sector breeders and developers and help to maintain a balance between the rights of plant breeders and the farmers. The uniqueness of our PPV&FR Act is that farmers are granted certain rights, contrary to the nations following UPOV, which extend to their farmers only certain privileges. The PPV&FR Act is the first ever effort by any country to grant farmers’ rights legally to enable the registration of "Farmers’ Variety" by the farming community. The Indian PPV&FR Act, therefore, treats farmer as cultivator, conserver and improver of agro-biodiversity and as a plant breeder.
Protection of Plant Varieties and Farmers’ Rights Authority has achieved a milestone in working out the modalities and putting in place a consultation process for identification of eligible applicants for the award, rewards and recognition.In view of faster agriculture development, the government announced that PPV&FRA will be restructured, upgraded and modernized to implement the National IPR policy with regard to plant varieties.