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Kulgam: A training cum awareness programme on PPV & FRA Act 2001 was held at KVK Kulgam SKUAST-Kashmir on 19 March 2019 at KVK Campus to create awareness about the provisions of plant varieties and farmers’ Rights Act 2001. The programme was sponsored by Protection of Pant Varieties and Farmer’ Right Authority, Ministry of Agriculture, Government of India.

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The programme was attended by more than 200 famers especially the tribal farmers from far-flung villages of district Kulgam.  After welcome address by Dr. Ab. Shakoor, Subject Matter Specialist Soil Science, the overview of the programme was presented by Dr. Tasneem Mubarak, Sr. Scientist and Head KVK Kulgam. He highlighted the importance of Act and said that the way things are evolving and scenarios changing, conservation and cultivation of indigenous crop varieties is turning out to be very essential.

In view of this Protection of plant varieties and Farmers’ Rights Act 2001 is a timely intervention. He further said that in the background of changing climatic conditions and global trade, authorities must encourage and adequately appreciate the farming community in their quest to conserve the local land races and indigenous strains of different crops.

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He further stress the importance of  local land races of paddy like Mushkebudji, Kamad, Zag etc and Ambri  apple, Herpora Potato, Narwaw Rajmash and other indigenous heritage crop strains.

He said that in paddy only more than 1.5 lakh strains are available and farmers have contributed immensely in preserving these strains and these genetic resources provide ample opportunities for developing new varieties as per the need of the time. He also highlighted the success story of Mushkebudji in Sagam area of district Anantnag and its demonstration in district Kulgam under Mushkebudji Popularization programme jointly conducted by KVK Kulgam and MRCFC, SKUAST-Kashmir. 

Dr. Ab. Shakoor Subject Matter Specialist Soil Science , Dr. Parvez Ahmad Subject Matter Plant Pathology and Dr. Shahid Ahmad Subject Matter Specialist Animal Science also deliberated on various aspects of the Act and sensitised farmers about their rights and the programmes for rewarding and encouraging contributing farmers and breeders. A question answer session was also held at the end of the programme.

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