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President Droupadi Murmu to Inaugurate ‘First Global Symposium on Farmers’ Rights’ tomorrow

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President of India to Inaugurate ‘First Global Symposium on Farmers’ Rights’ on 12th September at ICAR Convention Centre, NASC Complex, New Delhi

Eminent scientists, farmers and resource persons will participate from more than 80 countries

Participating countries to deliberate upon the pivotal issues related to Farmers’ Rights as enshrined in Article 9 of the International Treaty on Plant Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture

The President of India, Smt Droupadi Murmu will inaugurate the first ‘Global Symposium on Farmers’ Rights’ (GSFR) at the ICAR Convention Centre, National Agricultural Science Centre Complex in New Delhi, tomorrow. Union Minister of Agriculture and Farmers Welfare, Shri Narendra Singh Tomar, Union Minister of State for Agriculture and Farmers Welfare, Shri Kailash Choudhary and Union Minister of State for Agriculture and Farmers Welfare Sushri Shobha Karandlaje will also be present in the event.

Organised by the Secretariat of the International Treaty on Plant Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture (International Treaty) of the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), Rome, the Global Symposium is being hosted by Ministry of Agriculture and Farmers Welfare in collaboration with Protection of Plant Varieties and Farmers’ Rights (PPVFR) Authority,

Indian Council of Agricultural Research (ICAR), ICAR-Indian Agricultural Research Institute (IARI), and ICAR-National Bureau of Plant Genetic Resources (NBPGR). India is hosting this first ‘Global Symposium on Farmers’ Rights’ from September 12 to 15, 2023.

A Curtain Raiser press meet related to the hosting of the GSFR was held by the Ministry of Agriculture & Farmer’s Welfare (MoAFW) and the Protection of Plant Varieties and Farmers’ Rights (PPVFR) Authority, today.  Briefing the media, Chairperson, PPVFR Authority, Dr T. Mohapatra, informed that India has been the first country in the world to include Farmers’ Rights in the context of Plant Variety Registration through its Protection of Plant Varieties and Farmers’ Rights (PPVFR) Act, 2001.

He informed that eminent scientists and resource persons will participate from 59 countries across the globe to deliberate during the sessions on how to recognize and reward the enormous contribution that local and indigenous communities and farmers of all regions of the world have made for the conservation and development of plant genetic resources (PGR).

He stressed that food systems across the world depend on seeds.  New varieties of crops and planting material drive agricultural production, self-sufficiency and food security. Plant genetic resources are the key to face the challenges of malnutrition, climate change enhanced productivity.

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