Agriculture

Necessary to promote hybrid seeds of improved varieties

Giving away Plant Genome Saviour Awards, Union Agriculture Minister Radha Mohan Singh said that hybrid seeds would help in coping up with global climate change
Necessary to promote hybrid seeds of improved varieties

Union Agriculture Minister Radha Mohan Singh today said that it is imperative to develop hybrid seeds of improved variety for the areas of varied agricultural climate so as to sort out the problems emerging due to global climate change.

“It is also very necessary to work out the issues of bio and non-bio adverse effects along with improvement in productivity, Singh said at a function organized for Plant Genome Saviour Awards in New Delhi today.

He said that these farmers have contributed greatly to maintain resources concerned with plant breeding and as well as to conserve them. The Minister added that Protection of Plant Varieties & Farmers’ Rights Act (PPV&FRA) 2001 has been enforced to promote the new species of plants, for the preservation of plants as well as Rights of the farmers. Protection of Plant Varieties & Farmers’ Rights Authority has been constituted so as to implement this constitution in November, 2005.

Singh said that the Government has declared a Intellectual Property Rights IPR policy to promote an adaptable system for motivating capacity building of intellectual framework in India in May, 2016. Shri Singh further said that PPV&FR Authority would be re-constituted so as to implement National IPR Policy regarding plant species.

The Minister further added that the Authority will endeavour to improve the parameters relating to IP profile, management as well as utilization of IP for the plant species. Shri Singh said that the institutes related to Indian Council of Agricultural Research, State Agriculture Universities (SAU) and National Seed Association of India (NSAI) etc will work together. Agriculture Minister further added that Government of India has approved the proposal to open three new branches of the Authority. These offices will be opened in Palampur (Himachal Pradesh), Pune (Maharashtra) and Shivmogga (Karnataka).

Later on, he inaugurated Data Centre and Mobile App at IASRI in PUSA Complex. Singh said that this Data Centre of ICAR will play an important role to promote Digital India Campaign in agriculture sector. This campaign aims at providing electronic services to the people while reducing the requirements of paper.

The Minister also launched KVK mobile App. Launching the mobile app he said that mobile app has become an integral part of agricultural sector and it is being utilized also for agricultural trading along with farming practices. Agriculture Minister further said that through KVK mobile App, the farmers will be benefited with detailed know-how generated in Krishi Vigyan Kendras. The farmers are supposed to select KVKs after they have got themselves registered in this App. Thereafter, the farmers will be capable enough to open all sorts of information viz., weather, price of agricultural commodities in the market and other intimations related to farming sector through KVK App. Through this App, the farmers will also be able to receive information about different agricultural programmes and schemes being run by the government. 

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