They will get benefit in the regime of intellectual property rights
BHUBANEWAR: Chairperson of the Protection of Plant Varieties and Farmers’ Rights Authority (PPVFRA) of India S. Nagarajan has called upon breeders and farmers community not to delay in registering their indigenously developed and practised crop varieties with the authority.
Farmers and researchers of Orissa had great potential to get crop varieties in the State recorded with the authority, Mr. Nagarajan said on the sidelines of a seminar held at Orissa University of Agriculture and Technology (OUAT) here on Tuesday.
He said the State was home to large rice varieties and farmers had ample scope to get benefit in the regime of intellectual property rights.
“During past two years, we have received more than 1,000 applications from different groups for registration of crop varieties. After field level verification, we have finally approved registration certificates in favour of 41 entities,” Mr. Nagarajan said.
The PPVFRA Chairperson said while two private seed companies had got breeders’ rights, rest rights certificate went to universities in crops like rice, wheat, lentil, maize and rajma.
He said so far not a single farmers community had been given any certificate. However, applications from farmers of West Bengal, Jharkhand, Kerala and Punjab had reached the authority for verification, Mr. Nagarajan said.
The senior agricultural scientist said if reasons of conflicts among States were now mostly water and other natural resources, issues relating to breeders’ right could emerge as the major factor of discords.
Farmers as well as scientists community should not delay in approaching the authority for getting their crop varieties recorded, he said. The authority was planning to organise awareness programmes for farmers and breeders to receive more applications.
Indian seed industry, whose market would be worth Rs. 20,000 crore, is expected to take a big step forward within the next two decades, for which series of awareness campaign among plant breeders and farmers have been planned.
PPVFRA was set up for protection of plant varieties, the rights of farmers and plant breeders and to encourage the development of new varieties of plants.