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What are farmers’ rights in Plant Varieties and Farmers’ Rights Act?

What are farmers’ rights in Plant Varieties and Farmers’ Rights Act?

The farmers’ rights as defined in the Act are following –

  1. A farmer who has bred or developed a new variety shall be entitled for registration and other protection in like manner as a breeder of a variety under this Act;
  2. The farmers’ variety shall be entitled for registration if the application contains declaration as specified in clause (h) or sub-section (1) of section 18;
  3. A farmer who is engaged in the conservation of genetic resources of land races and wild relatives of economic plants and their improvement through selection and preservation shall be entitled in the prescribed manner for recognition and reward from the Gene Fund.
    Provided that material so selected and preserved has been used as donors of genes in varieties registrable under this Act;
  4. A farmer shall be deemed to be entitled to save, use, sow, resow, exchange, share or sell his farm produce including seed of a variety protected under this Act in the same manner as he was entitled before the coming into force of this Act.

 


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