PRESS NOTE

PLANT GENOME SAVIOUR AWARDS FUNCTION

The PPV&FR Authority, New Delhi organized its Plant Genome Saviour awards/rewards/recognition function on Wednesday 24th August, 2016 at 15:00 hrs onwards at A.P. Shinde Symposium Hall, NASC Complex, DPS Marg, New Delhi. The Chief Guest of the function Shri. Radha Mohan Singh, the Hon’ble Minister of Agriculture and Farmers Welfare graced the occasion by his august presence.  The Hon’ble Minister of State for Agriculture & Farmers Welfare and Panchayati Raj, Sh. Parshottam Rupala, Hon’ble Minister of State for Agriculture & Farmers Welfare Sh. Sudarshan Bhagat, Dr. T. Mohapatra, Secretary (DARE) & Director General (ICAR) and Shri R.K. Singh, Joint Secretary (Seeds), Department of Agriculture, Cooperation and Farmers Welfare also graced the occasion by their presence.

The function was attended by many dignitaries including Chairman, ASRB, Vice Chancellors, representatives of embassies of Germany and Netherland, representatives of State Agricultural Universities, DDGs of ICAR, representatives of FAO and United Nations, ADGs of ICAR, Directors of ICAR institutes, ZPDs, Scientists, farmers, tribal communities and earlier genome saviour awardees.  

An exhibition about the traditional varieties being conserved by the awardees who were to be conferred awards and the Genome Saviour awardees who have been awarded by Authority in the past. The exhibition was inaugurated by Chief Guest Shri.  Radha Mohan Singh, Hon’ble Minister of Agriculture and Farmers Welfare in the august presence of Sh. Parshottam Rupala,  Hon’ble Minister of State for Agriculture & Farmers Welfare and Panchayati Raj and Sh. Sudarshan Bhagat, Hon’ble Minister of State for Agriculture & Farmers Welfare.

Dr. R.R. Hanchinal, Chairperson, PPV&FRA while presenting the achievements of the PPVFR Authority informed that more than half of the varieties received for registration are from the farmers which is due to continuing efforts of the Authority through awareness programs amongst farmers. 

While addressing the awardees and guests, Shri Sudarshan Bhagat, Hon’ble Minister of State for Agriculture & Farmers Welfare informed that PPV&FR Act is unique in that it simultaneously aims to protect also the rights of farmers, farmers’ communities and tribal population engaged in the conservation and preservation of plants and provides register also their varieties and to ensure share in the benefits derived from their commercialization.

Shri Parshottam Rupala, Hon’ble Minister of State for Agriculture & Farmers Welfare and Panchayati Raj while complimenting the efforts of PPVRA told that the efforts of PPVFR Authority will go a long way in inspiring and motivating other farmers and their communities to keep them engaged in conservation and preservation activities of plant Genetics Resources for Food and Agriculture which may ultimately help the country in food and nutritional security. He also urged to make the farmers aware about the Act and their rights as per the PPV&FR Act, 2001.

Shri Radha Mohan Singh, Minister of Agriculture and Farmers Welfare informed that the "Gene Fund" created under the Act is to promote, recognize and reward those engaged in such activities in the agro-biodiversity hot-spots. The Central Government as a mark of recognition for the selfless efforts of conservation of genetic resources by farmers/farming communities, has initiated these awards. He further informed that the present Government has approved certain amendments in 2015 for encouraging the farmers for seeking Intellectual Property Rights through registration of their varieties which are mainly:

I.   The amount of reward for “Plant Genome Saviour farmer award" has been enhanced from Rs. 1.00 lakh to Rs. 1.50 lakh each.

II.  The amount of cash award for Farmers’ recognition has been enhanced from Nil to Rs. 1.00 lakh each.

III. The annual fee for the farmers after registration of varieties has been reduced from Rs. 2000 per year to Rs.10 only.

IV. Anomalies in the PPV&FR Rules and Regulation have been rectified so that the procedures of registration become easier.

He also congratulated the Authority for its good progress in receiving of applications as well as issuing of certificates to various categories including farmers. The Authority received about 6100 applications, which is half of the total applications received during the nine years. Similar trend is seen in the issue of certificates of registration as the Authority has issued 1423 certificates since 2014, which is 63% of the certificates issued during the last nine years. But he asked the Authority to come out with strategy to mainstream the registered farmers’ varieties so that more area can be brought under tradition varieties.

 

Shri Radha Mohan Singh, Hon’ble Minister of Agriculture and Farmers Welfare expressed his concern that despite the fact that the Central Government through PPV&FR Authority has instituted 35 annual awards for farmers/farmers communities why only 19 awards are being conferred. He urged to the farming community to come forward to avail the benefit of these awards and contribute towards the development of varieties for further production of quality seed for distribution to the farmers in the country under the PPV&FR Act, 2001.  

 

Dr. R.C. Agrawal, Registrar-General, PPV&FRA, proposed a vote of thanks to all the dignitaries and awardees for attending the Genome Saviour Award Function and making the event a grant success.

 


 

The details of Awards/Rewards and Recognitions conferred are as follows:-

a)    Plant Genome Savior Community Awards 2012-13:- Each consisting of ten lakhs rupees cash prize, citation, certificate and memento.  The Awards were conferred to the following five communities namely:-

1.   Society for Conservation of Mango Diversity (SCMD), UP.

2.   Kachai Village Community, Manipur.

3.   Dharohar Samiti, Muria.Bhatra Adivasi and Backward Tribal Community Chattisgarh,

4.   Community of Kharchi Village, Rajasthan and

5.   Siddharudha Savayava Krushikara Balaga, Karnataka

 

b)   Plant Genome Saviour Farmer Rewards 2013:- The reward carries a cash reward of Rs.1.5 lakh, Citation, Certificate and Memento.  The Rewards were conferred to the following farmers:-

1.   Sh. Benny Mathew, Kerala,

2.   Sh. Melethil Beerankutty, Kerala,

3.   Sh. T. Venkadapathi, Pondicherry,

4.   Shri Muhammed Moppan, Kerala,

5.   Sh. Anjaneya, Karnataka,

6.   Sh. Kannan, Kerala,

7.   Sh. Arun Kumar, Uttrakhand,

8.   Sh. Devnath Verma, Uttrakhand,

9.   Sh. Amit Kumar Bera, West Bengal and

10.   Sh. Yumnam Ranjit Singh, Manipur.

 

Plant Genome Saviour Farmer Recognition 2013:- The recognition carries Rs.1 Lakh in cash, Citation, Certificate and Memento.  Four farmers were felicitated with Plant Genome Savior Farmers’ Recognition –

1.   Sh. P. Krishnan, Kerala,

2.   Sh. Narendran, Kerala,

3.   K. Raman, Kerala

4.   Sh. Anjan Kumar Sinha, West Bengal.