15th March, 2019, Kolkata
The ICAR-Agricultural Technology Application Research Institute, Kolkata organized a “Regional Workshop on Protection of Plant Varieties and Farmers’ Rights” at West Bengal University of Animal & Fishery Sciences, Belgachhia, Kolkata today.
Dr. Randhir Singh, ADG (AE), ICAR, New Delhi made the farmers aware about the importance of documentation of farmers’ varieties, especially, for endangered species. This would help to provide the economical benefits to the farmers and also the use of seeds by the other farmers. Dr. Singh also underlined the registration of 5,000 varieties through the Krishi Vigyan Kendras.
Prof. Purnendu Biswas, Vice-Chancellor, WBUA&FS, Belgachhia, Kolkata chaired the inaugural session.
Dr. R.C. Agarwal, Registrar General, PPV&FRA, New Delhi stated about the future road map of PPV&FR. He provided the detailed procedure of farmers’ varieties’ registration and also importance of intellectual property right.
Shri R.S. Sengar, Deputy Registrar, PPV&FRA, New Delhi briefed about the PPV&FR’s activities. He stressed on the legal protection of farmers’ rights, multiplication of the farmers’ variety and prevention from misuse of farmers’ variety by any private company.
Prof. P.K. Roul, Dean, OUAT briefed about the Protection of Plant Varieties & Farmers’ Rights with regard to Odisha’s perspective.
Dr. S.S. Singh, Director, ICAR-ATARI, Kolkata stated about the carrying forward of preservation of the indigenous farmers varieties in India from one generation to another. While citing many examples of losing the right of indigenous plant varieties and animal breeds due to non-preservation and registration on time, Dr. Singh also highlighted the association of ICAR-ATARI, Kolkata with PPV&FRA to create the large scale awareness among the farmers through the KVKs of Bihar, Jharkhand and West Bengal since the Year - 2013-14.
Earlier, in his welcome address, Dr. P.P. Pal, Principal Scientist and Nodal Officer, ICAR-ATARI, Kolkata highlighted the basic purpose of the Regional Workshop. He urged the farmers for preserving the indigenous plant varieties for the future research endeavor.
The occasion also held 3 technical sessions for farmers’ benefits.
More than 250 progressive farmers from Odisha and West Bengal, PPV&FR officials, ICAR Scientists, University teachers, etc., registered their participation in the Regional Workshop.
(Source: ICAR-Agricultural Technology Application Research Institute, Kolkata)