Anantnag district among winners of Plant Genome Saviour Awards

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New Delhi, December 21
The Union Minister for Agriculture & Farmers Welfare, Shri Radha Mohan Singh has said that it is imperative to develop hybrid seeds of improved variety for the areas of varied agricultural climate so as to sort out the problems emerging due to global climate change. Radha Mohan Singh further said that it is also very necessary to work out the issues of bio and non-bio adverse effects along with improvement in productivity. Singh stated it in a function organized for Plant Genome Saviour Awards at PUSA here today. Agriculture Minister extended his hearty congratulations to the five award winner groups for Genome Protection in the function organized on above said subjects. Singh congratulated 3 farmers selected for Plant Genome Saviour Farmer Rewards 2014 and another 11 farmers selected for Plant Genome Saviour Farmer Recognition 2014 from the various parts of the country.
Shri Singh said that these farmers have contributed greatly to maintain resources concerned with plant breeding and as well as to conserve them. The Minister added that Protection of Plant Varieties & Farmers’ Rights Act (PPV&FRA) 2001 has been enforced to promote the new species of plants, for the preservation of plants as well as Rights of the farmers. Protection of Plant Varieties & Farmers’ Rights Authority has been constituted so as to implement this constitution in November, 2005.
Singh said that the Government has declared a Intellectual Property Rights IPR policy to promote an adaptable system for motivating capacity building of intellectual framework in India in May, 2016. Shri Singh further said that PPV&FR Authority would be re-constituted so as to implement National IPR Policy regarding plant species.
Shri Singh said that the institutes related to Indian Council of Agricultural Research, State Agriculture Universities (SAU) and National Seed Association of India (NSAI) etc will work together. Agriculture Minister further added that Government of India has approved the proposal to open three new branches of the Authority. These offices will be opened in Palampur (Himachal Pradesh), Pune (Maharashtra) and Shivmogga (Karnataka).
Later on, Radha Mohan Singh inaugurated Data Centre and Mobile App at IASRI in PUSA Complex. Singh said that this Data Centre of ICAR will play an important role to promote Digital India Campaign in agriculture sector. The Minister said that Government has launched Digital India Campaign to empower the country with digital point of view. This campaign aims at providing electronic services to the people while reducing the requirements of paper.

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