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Farmers' variety in the context of Protection of Plant Varieties and Farmers' Rights Act, 2001

Nagarajan, S.; S. P. Yadav & A. K. Singh (2008):
Farmers' variety in the context of Protection of Plant Varieties and Farmers' Rights Act, 2001
Current Science, Vol. 94, No. 6, 25 March 2008

Summary

This article deals with the issues of Farmers' Varieties in the context of Indias Protection of Plant Varieties and Farmers' Rights Act, 2001. It states that Farmers' Varieties are products long traditions, evolved in farmers own fields from a non-descriptive heterogeneous land race. According to the authors the yardstick of DUS for Farmers' Varieties needs a fresh look, so that a pragmatic procedure to register Farmers' Varieties under the PPV&FR Act, 2001 can be developed. For crops with high within-field variations and which behave as a population or land race, fresh research efforts is in the authors' opinion necessary to purify them. Considerable research is also deemed necessary to understand the farmers' perception of a variety, and the reasoning behind why they permit a certain degree of floating variation in these varieties.

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