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SHILLONG, April 10: An awareness programme on “Protection of Plant Varieties and Farmers Rights” vividly thrust on the North East reach resources.
Additiol Commissioner, Ministry of Agriculture,R.K Mishra said in his address “Northeast is a paradise and a treasure trove of wide varieties of germplasms which are still in unexplored condition. He called upon the scientists that it is our moral duty to protect the region.
Lauding the role of Indian Council of Agricultural Research (ICAR) and its good network to sensitize the farmers about their rights and protection acts and perspectives of PPV&FRA for the agricultural development in North East region, Mishra suggested ICAR to take lead role to develop awareness on protection of plant varieties and the farmers’ rights. In every corner of Northeast, he intends to sensitize farmers for their ultimate benefit through PPV&FRA.
Dr AK Tripathi, I/C ZPD, Zone III and Head, Division of Social Sciences emphasized on the importance of protection of plant varieties and the farmers’ rights. He said that the North East India is rich in wide biodiversity and it is the need of the time to protect the diversified indigenous germplasms of the region with the help of farmers in which KVK can play pivotal role.
Dr RC Agrawal, Registrar General, PPV & FRA, Government of India, explained the technicalities of the Protection of Plant Varieties and Farmers Rights Act (PPV&FRA) to the farmers, in detail and advised the scientists to be pro-active in guiding the farmers to avail the benefit of this PPV&FRA.
Chairing over the programme, Dr SV Ngachan, Director of the Institute said that the present century has assigned us with many responsibilities and farmers’ protection is one of our major duties for the development of North East agriculture. Highlighting some of the precious indigenous germplasms of north eastern region, he told that PPV&FRA is the first of its kind of farmers’ act that empowers the farmers to protect their rights.