Debal Deb is an independent researcher based inwards Kolkata. I stimulate got had the pleasance of knowing him for quite unopen to years now, in addition to I admire his work, his dedication in addition to his commitment to the campaign of agriculture in addition to farmers. He runs an organisation called VRIHI, which inwards Sanskrit agency paddy. No wonder, Debal has been working on paddy issues for quite long now, in addition to every bit you lot all know West Bengal is a paddy growing region.
On February 12, he was recognised past times the Plant Varieties Protection & Farmers Rights Authority inwards New Delhi for conserving in addition to characterising 416 traditional rice varieties, which includes Jugal, a double seeded multifariousness in addition to Sateen, a triple seeded variety. I am then glad that his exceptionally rich function has been lastly recognised past times the PVPFRA. The honor was presented past times the Agriculture Minister Sharad Pawar.
In Karnataka, I had late visited a farmer who evolved a rice multifariousness called Mysore Mallige. In a attempt carried out past times the University of Agricultural Sciences, Bangalore, his multifariousness out-performed the pop high-yielding multifariousness that has been developed past times the University. The farmers carries a certificate from the academy detailing out his achievement. I narrated this instance at a conference jointly organised past times the Alumni Asoociation of the UAS, Bangalore in addition to the Department of Information, Karnataka, inwards Bangalore today. Delivering the keynote address, I asked every bit to what is the occupation of recognising this farmers variety, when it is non existence promoted in addition to released past times the State Department of Agriculture for cultivation. If it is performing ameliorate than the best paddy variety, in addition to irrespective of the fact whether it has been developed past times a farmer or a scientist, the multifariousness should live made available to farmers. The State Agriculture Minister Mr SA Ravindranath was present.
This is non an exception. I uncovering all varieties that stimulate got been developed past times farmers have exclusively certificates every bit recognition. But otherwise it gets a step-motherly handling from the scientists in addition to the State governments. What is the occupation of recognising farmers varieties when they are non existence seat inwards the official scheme for liberate in addition to cultivation. When volition the scientists over come upward this superiority tag that they self impose on themselves? Why don’t they too select that farmers stimulate got traditionally been breeders, in addition to nonetheless stimulate got the knack of developing superior varieties?
It is primarily for this argue that farmers are reluctant to come upward frontwards in addition to register their crop varieties alongside the PVPFRA. They experience that the farmer-bred crop varieties would live gobbled upward past times the system, in addition to they volition non larn their due share. Some fifty-fifty fearfulness that their varieties would live re-released nether a dissimilar parent past times the universities. The PVPFRA hence has a monumental occupation for confidence edifice amid the farming community. Unless PVPFRA takes upward this practise inwards correct ernest, I don’t yell upward farmers volition come upward frontwards to larn their varieties registered. Much of farmers invention would hence stay hidden.
In the days to come upward I volition convey to a greater extent than such examples to you.