A day long awareness programme on “Protection of Plant Varieties and Farmers’ Right Act 2001” was organized at Krishi Vigyan Kendra, Barpeta on 17th March 2017. The meeting was attended by Dr. Ajay Kumar Singh, Deputy Registrar, PPV & FRA, Guwahati Branch and narrated the act in detail. He opined that farmers who are the savior of the traditional crop varieties for generations should come forward to register their varieties to safeguard their right. Dr. Singh also said that although a good number of farmers from Assam have already applied for registration compared to other states of north-east, still many more farmers can approach the Authority as there are innumerable crop varieties Assam being the most prominent agro-biodiversity hot spot. Ms. Saptadweepa Bhattacharjee, Subject Matter Specialist (Plant Breeding & Genetics), KVK, Chirang also delivered a lecture on the DUS test of plant varieties and formalities to be accomplished while applying for registration.
Sri Bipul Saikia, Additional Deputy Commissioner (Agriculture), Barpeta attending the programme as Chief Guest called upon the farmers to register their varieties with the help of KVK or the department of Agriculture, Barpeta. He expressed his concern over the extinction of so many age old traditional crop varieties due to lack of proper awareness. At the out- set, an exhibition displaying a number of farmers’ crop varieties was inaugurated by the ADC (Agri), Barpeta. Sri Dwijen Neog, Assistant Director, Agriculture, Barpeta and Sri Jiban Kumar Deka, Assistant Director, Sericulture, Barpeta also spoke on the occasion. They expressed satisfaction over the response showed by the farmers joining the exhibition with their own crop varieties. Earlier, Dr. Arup Kumar Deka, Senior Scientist & Head, KVK, Barpeta welcomed the participants of the programme. Ms. Haridra Sharma, SMS (Agril. Extension), KVK, Barpeta extended the vote of thanks. The programme was attended by about 150 farmers of the district along with all the scientists and staff of KVK, Barpeta.