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India’s Law on Farmers’ Rights Can Be Imitated by the Whole World, says President Murmu

According to President Murmu, India took the initiative to enact the Protection of Plant Varieties and Farmers Rights Act. President Droupadi Murmu said on Tuesday that India’s law protecting plant varieties and farmers’ rights can serve as an example for the rest of the world as it becomes more significant in light of the problems posed by climate change.

The President said India has taken the lead in introducing the Protection of Plant Varieties and Farmers Rights Act (PPVFR), which is in line with the International Treaty on Plant Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture to protect farmers, while speaking at the first-ever global symposium on farmers’ rights in Delhi.

Farmers in India are granted a number of rights, including the ability to use, reuse, conserve, share, and sell unbranded seeds of recognized varieties. Additionally, she added, producers can register their own variety to receive protection.

“Such an act can serve as an excellent model worthy of emulation for the entire world,” the President said.

She added that this is crucial in light of the challenges faced by climate change and in order to achieve the UN Sustainable Development Goals.

The Plant Authority Bhawan and an online site were also launched by the President.

Those in attendance included the event’s speakers, including Minister of State for Agriculture Kailash Choudhary and Agriculture Minister Narendra Singh Tomar.