Rice characterisation Workshop_8 and 10th July 2015_Phase 1

June 17, 2015 0 Comments

Phase 1 of the workshop for this year is scheduled on 8th and 10th of July 2015.

This year it’s NOT a sponsored workshop. We were searching for some funds to conduct this year’s workshop but many enthusiasts came forward and are ready to pay for their own accommodation and food to get this training from Dr. Deb.

So this unique opportunity is again out for all of you who want to learn new aspects of Rice characterisation and purity maintenance from the Rice expert himself –

Dr. Debal Deb. Also for those who could not make it in last two years. The workshop every year commences in three phases of the year. Please see the detailed structure of the training pasted below for your easy reference.


BACKGROUND:  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). The necessity and value of CBRs are also pitted in the Biodiversity Act 2004, which requires that all components of biodiversity existing in a locality be documented and registered as a legitimate evidence of people’s knowledge and right to use local biodiversity. 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.  Normal CBR without scientific documentation often creates a huge deal of confusion which creates ways for MNC’s towards biopiracy. A workshop is therefore proposed to train conservators/ farmers to create database in form of a special Community Biodiversity Registers (CBRs) for rice varieties in order to prevent biopiracy of the heirloom 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.

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

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

Total: 8 days.

RESOURCE PERSON: Dr. Debal Deb, Basudha, Odisha


Assessment of 52 rice morphological characteristics/ descriptors, according to INGER and Bioversity 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.

REGISTRATION FEE: Rs. 800/ 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

Email: myofai@gmail.com

Phone: 08888862293

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