Training cum awareness programme on PPV & FRA Act, 2001 under UNEP-GEF project held at Dangdhora, Jorhat (Assam) on 05.03.2019

Date Posted: 14-03-2019

A one day Training cum Awareness Programme on PPV & FRA act, 2001 Under UNEP- GEF Project was jointly organised by ICAR-NBPGR Regional Station Shillong, Meghalaya and Foundation for Development Integration (FDI) at Dangdhora, Jorhat (Assam) on 5th March 2019. The target audience mostly consisted of 182 participants from Thengal Kachari tribal farming community. The programme started with welcome address by Dr. D.J. Nath, Principal Scientist, AAU Jorhat, Assam. Dr. Harish G.D, OIC, ICAR-NBPGR Regional Station Shillong emphasised the importance of conserving diversity of cultivated plants by referring to historical events that led to disasters in agriculture due to mono-cropping and ignorance of germplasm conservation. Dr. Kishore Kumar Sharma, Professor, AAU, Jorhat, Assam gave detailed information on wealth of plant diversity in Assam and Northeast and also informed farmers about various activities initiated by Assam Agricultural University (AAU) with regard to Plant Variety Protection and Farmers Rights. Dr. Gargi Sharma, Assistant Professor, AAU, Jorhat, Assam spoke on legal aspects of the Act, like protection of traditional varieties, rights of Indian farmers to save, re-sow, exchange, share or sell their varieties to other farmers, etc. Mr. Dipen Baruah a progressive farmer from Charingia village (Jorhat) shared his experiences of conserving local rice germplasm on his own farm. Dr. Subarna Hajong, Scientist, ICAR-NBPGR Regional Station Shillong, talked about the role of ICAR-NBPGR in conservation of traditional varieties, different types of conservation methods and how Community Seed Banks can serve as an effective and low cost method for conserving traditional crop varieties. In the end all the resource person and scientists had an interaction with farmers facilitated by Dr. Moloya Gogoi and Mr. Rajib Sarma, where farmers expressed their gratitude for making them aware about the importance of conserving native landraces and PPV & FRA Act through the programme. The training concluded with vote of thanks by Dr. R.N. Borkakati, Scientist, AAU, Jorhat.

(Source: Dr. Harish G.D, Scientist & OIC, ICAR-NBPGR RS Shillong)