Phase 1 Rice Characterization Training For Farmer-Conservators

May 6, 2014 0 Comments

Most biopiracy patents are logically and legally untenable, as they systematically violate the patentability clauses of “novelty” and “prior public knowledge”. This scientific training effort is first of its kind and is a part of the national movement for local sovereignty over biodiversity. It upholds people’s fundamental rights to their resources and knowledge through Community Biodiversity Registers (CBRs).  A special form of CBR which registers a significant part of indigenous agro biodiversity with its scientific characterization is essentially needed in different parts of the country. A workshop training in three phases – at three life history stages of the rice plant, is therefore proposed to train conservators/ farmers to create database in form of a special Community Biodiversity Registers (CBRs) for rice varieties.

 AIM:   To create a farmer database of their rice varieties, in order to prevent biopiracy of the heirloom varieties.


1) To enable farmer-conservators to assess and document 52 characteristic descriptors of rice varieties.

2) To train farmer-conservators to rogue out the off-types based on selected descriptors in order to maintain genetic purity.


Training to be given in three phases – at three life history stages of the rice plant, namely:

3 DAYS during the Sowing stage (June): 6-10 days after sowing.

This phase of the training will include a day for methodological Introduction and orientation.

5 DAYS around the Flowering stage (August-September): Panicle initiation to milk stage: approx.

5 DAYS around the Harvesting stage (December): Maturity to post-harvest assessments.

Total: 13 days.

Dates for phase 1: 27th, 28th and 29th of June 2014

RESOURCE PERSON: Dr. Debal Deb, Basudha, Odisha


Assessment of 52 rice morphological characteristics/ descriptors, according to INGER and Biodiversity International guidelines

 INSTRUMENTS:  4 Hand lenses, 4 measuring tapes, Graph papers, pencils.


All trainees will be repeatedly examined and assisted until they attain full capability of rice characterization at the international standard, and qualify as trainers for farmer-conservators.

 OPTIMAL NUMBER OF TRAINEES:                      25 (off-campus accommodation)


1.      Participants or their NGOs have to bare their own train travel expenses to Odisha thrice in a year

2.      Simple food and accommodation at the field station will be provided by OFAI

REGISTRATION FEE: Rs. 400/ day/ person

A certificate will be issued by OFAI and Basudha for each participant on completion of the training.

For more information please contact:

Ms. Shamika Mone, OFAI


Phone: 08888862293