22nd February 2014, Cuttack
The Krishi Vigyan Kendra, Cuttack organized training-cum-workshop on ‘Protection of Plant Varieties and Farmers’ Right Act-2001’ (PPV&FRA) on 22nd February, 2014.
Dr. R.C. Choudhary, an internationally reputed rice scientist inaugurated the programme as Chief Guest and explained that how the interest of the farmers as well as the country has been safeguarded by the Act.
Dr. Ravi Prakash, Registrar, PPV and FR Authority was the Guest of Honour of the programme. He highlighted the various achievements and discussed the registration process. He assured the farmers to provide all possible help in registration through which they can own a variety.
Dr. T. Mohapatra, Director, Central Rice Research Institute (CRRI), Cuttack and Chairman of the programme called upon the scientists and farmers to realize the vast potential of nation’s land races and advised to maintain along with their popular varieties to provide valuable traits to meet the challenges due to climate change.
Earlier, Dr. B.N.Sadangi, Head, Social Science Division welcomed the dignitaries and participants.
The technical sessions dealt with registration process, DUS testing, special tests and special traits etc. Dr. O.N. Singh; Dr. S.R. Dhua; Dr. B.C. Patra; Dr. U. Dhua; Dr M. Jena; Dr. P. Swain; and Dr. M. Chourasia presented valuable inputs in an interactive session.
An exhibition displaying about 900 indigenous varieties of rice, pulses, oil seeds, vegetables and fruits brought by the participating farmers inspired the visitors and strengthened the objectives of the Act.
More than 80 farmers and 13 subject matter experts participated in the programme. This training was aimed at bringing greater awareness among the farming community on the benefits of the act and facilitating registration of their varieties.
Dr. S.M. Prasad, Programme Coordinator, KVK, Cuttack proposed vote of thanks.
(Source: CRRI, Cuttack)