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DDG (Agri. Ext.) inagurated Awareness Programme on PPV&FRA

 

 

17th January, 2019, Jammu

 

Krishi Vigyan Kendra (KVK) Jammu organized One day Training-cum-Awareness programme on Protection of Plant Varieties & Farmers Rights Act (PPV&FRA), 2001 at its premises on 17th January, 2019. The programme was inaugurated by Dr. A.K. Singh, Deputy Director General (Agril. Extension) ICAR, New Delhi in the presence of Prof. P.K. Sharma, VC, SKUAST-Jammu, Dr. Rajbir Singh, Director, ICAR-ATARI, Ludhiana. During the porgramme, an exhibition was also organized in which local varieties/land races of cereals, pulses,fruits and other crops brought by the local farmers were displayed. A booklet in hindi and english on the provisions of PPV&FRA, 2001 was also released on the occassion for distribution to the farmers.

 

In inagural address, Dr. A.K. Singh, DDG (Agri. Ext.) briefed the farmers about the benefits of Farmers’Right under PPV&FRA. He recognised the fact that farmers are engaged in conserving and improving age old varieties of crops and emphasized upon need to make farmers aware about the benefits of the Act. He informed that the Act has several provisions to reward such farmers/group of farmers, who have maintained multiple germplasm of crop varieties.

 

Prof. P. K. Sharma, VC, SKUAST, Jammu  appreciated the efforts of Krishi Vigyan Kendra, Jammu for organizing the programme with the active participation of farmers from far flung villages of Jammu & Samba districts. He briefed about the efforts of the university in development of new technologies and also in conserving the available biodiversity. He informed that SKUAST-Jammu is in the process of developing a Gene Bank of all types of crop varieties and requested farmers to submit the germplasm available with them for maintaining the gene pool at University level.

 

Dr. Rajbir Singh, Director, ICAR-ATARI, Ludhiana elaborated the Distinctiveness, Uniformity and Stability parameters of crops in relation to PPV&FR Act. He advised that progressive farmers should make other farmers aware of such issues in order to have holistic awareness about the provisions of PPV&FR Act, 2001.

 

Earlier, Dr. R.K. Arora, ADE,  SKUAST, Jammu welcomed the dignitaries for sharing the valuable  information to the farmers and explained specific provisions of PPV&FRA, 2001 including identification of desirable characters in traditional crops & varieties, Farmers’ Rights, registration process etc.

 

More than 100 farmers attended the programme and shared their experiences on cultivation of traditional varieties.

 

(Source: ICAR-Agricultural Technology Application Research Institute, Ludhiana)

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