29th September, 2017, Sitapur
Krishi Vigyan Kendra-II, Sitapur organized workshop on “Protection of Plant varieties and Farmers' Rights” at SKGI, Sitapur with support of Protection of Plant varieties and Farmers' Rights Authority (PPV& FRA), New Delhi.
The program was inaugurated by Chief guest Dr U.S.Gautam, Director, ICAR-ATARI, Zone-III, Kanpur with “Gau Pujan”. Dr Gautam during his address reveal about importance of PPV& FR Act 2001 which establishing rights for farmers to save, use, exchange and sell farm-saved seed. He expressed that KVKs are playing very important role in collection and conservation of traditional crop diversities and helping farmers in getting their rights under PPV& FRA Act 2001.
Dr. Ravi Prakash, Registrar, PPV& FRA and Special guest of the program explained about the guidelines, crop varieties listed for registration and procedure of the farmer’s variety registrations under PPV& FR Act 2001. He expressed that conserved varieties by the farmers will help in research breeding program and also in providing rights to the conservator.
Dr R.S.Sanger, Dy. Registrar, PPV& FRA enlighten the importance of awakening and training program on PPV& FR for the conservation of agri-biodiverties throughout the country with the help of KVKs. He favor the initiatives taken by KVK-II, Sitapur in collection and conservation of important seed e.g. Black Pigeonpea, Black Lentil, Blue bull attack free urdbean, White termeric , different brown rice varieties along with 176 samples collected from sitapur locations.
Dr P.K.Singh, Former Registrar, PPV& FRA & Principal Scientist, IISR, Lucknow highlighted on important crop diversity and their role in product developments toward mankind. Dr Singh explained in details about varietal characteristics of different crop for encouragement and motivation to the farmers.
Dr Sujit Kumar, Scientific officer, UPCAR, Lucknow explained about GI and IPRs issue and paying attention on them to support the nation towards sustainable agricultural production.
Dr Anuj Saxena, HOD, Botany, SHDC, Sitapur urged students, farmers and extension functionaries on identification of location and religion specific important seed varieties for their conservation.
Dr Anand Singh, Sr-Scientist-cum-Head, KVK-II, Sitapur handover 176 application to Registrar, PPV& FRA contains 86 crops varieties of cereal, 21 oilseeds, 32 pulses, 20 vegetables, 08 spices, 03 fruit crops and 06 medicinal and others.
A technical bulletin on “A step towards conservation of traditional crop diversity in district sitapur” releases during the program. Total 156 participants including progressive farmers and farm women, extension functionaries and students participated in the program.
Dr Daya S. Srivastava, Sci. PP, KVK-II, Sitapur & District Nodal In-charge, PPV& FR Program proposed vote of thanks.
(Source: KVK-II, Sitapur)