Thursday, September 11, 2008

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Does India have any law for protecting new plant varieties?

Yes, India has enacted the New Plant Variety and Farmers Rights. Protection Act in 2001 which, in addition to meeting the technical features of UPOV, provides rights to farmers to use the seeds from their own crops for planting the next crop. Further, there are provisions for benefit sharing with farmers and penalty for marketing spurious propagation material.

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