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What is a Farmers’ Variety?

What is a Farmers’ Variety?

A variety which: –

  • Has been traditionally cultivated and evolved by the farmers in their fields; or
  • Is a wild relative or land race or a variety about which the farmers possess the common knowledge.
  • Farmer’s variety is exempted from application/registration fees and his application need not be accompanied with fees, affidavit for terminator technology.

Variety means a plant grouping except micro-organism within a single botanical taxon of the lowest known rank, which can be-

(i) defined by the expression of the characteristics resulting from a given genotype of that plant grouping.

(ii) distinguished from any other plant grouping by expression of at least one of the said characteristics; and

(iii) considered as unit with regard to its suitability for being propagating, which remain unchanged after such propagation, and includes propagating material of such variety, extant variety, transgenic variety, farmers’ variety and essentially derived variety.

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