Seed savers network formed to fight intellectual property rights by corporations

March 11, 2014 0 Comments

Jayashree Nandi, Times of India | March 7, 2014

NEW DELHI: Farmers from 15 states are all set to form a national seed savers network that will be one of the largest repositories of seeds for crops and vegetables in India. The aim of this network of about 100 individuals will be to access germplasm from the National Bureau of Plant Genetic Resources (NBPGR) and agricultural universities so that corporations cannot claim intellectual property rights (IPR) on traditional Indian crops.

The move to form a network, they say is a reaction against the recent approval given to field trials of genetically modified (GM) crops by the ministry of environment and forests (MoEF).