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17 02, 2020

Video Filming on Seed Production of Paddy and Maize

By |2020-02-17T03:06:26+00:00February 17th, 2020|0 Comments

Video filming activities on production of high quality seed of paddy and maize (2 prominent crops of hybrid seed production in India) is taken up since November 2019 in Warangal District in Telangana State with the support of the project Indo-German Cooperation On Seed Sector Development in cooperation with the Telangana State Seed Certification Agency (TSSOCA) and other stakeholders involved in the seed value chain. These videos will be specifically useful for capacity building programmes to seed farmers showcasing all with best practices and methodologies to be followed during entire crop cycle as well as post-harvest practices during Rabi seed production.

Dr. Raghavendra Kavali, National Project Coordinator, Indo-German Cooperation on Seed Sector Development, Mob: +91 733 722 5886, Email: kavali-raghavendra-adt@outlook.com

15 01, 2020

Joint Workshop on “Post PVP Control of Registered Varieties and Implementation of Plant Breeders’ Rights”

By |2020-01-15T19:46:20+00:00January 15th, 2020|0 Comments

In collaboration with DAC-FW, Ministry of Agriculture and Farmers Welfare, Govt. of India, PPV&FR Authority, New Delhi and the Indo-German Bilateral Co-operation on Seed Sector Development funded by the German Federal Ministry of Food and Agriculture (BMEL), a Joint Workshop on “Post Plant Variety Protection Control of Registered Varieties and Implementation of Plant Breeders’ Rights” was organized in Delhi on December 17, 2019.

The aim of this workshop was to exchange experience and know-how on different aspects of Post Plant Variety Protection Control of Registered Varieties and also on methods of effective implementation of Plant Breeders’ Rights in India. In this regard, this joint workshop was conducted to provide a basis for mutual exchange of knowledge on methodologies followed in India while comparing / sharing the experiences of Germany/ EU. During this workshop, each topic was thoroughly elaborated, discussed and debated between the Indian and German experts which motivated the Protection of Plant Varieties and Farmers’ Rights Authority (PPV&FRA) of India to further plan few more deliberations on this theme which can be helpful for further elaborations through upcoming bilateral workshops during the current phase.

About 50 seed sector experts attended the workshop. The workshop was chaired by Dr. Vinod Prabhu, Chairperson of PPV&FRA in Delhi and Dr. Nagaratna (Registrar of PPV&FRA) and Dr. Sowmini Sunkara (national project coordinator) supported the organization of the workshop.

From the German Federal Plant Variety Office (BSA), Mrs. Friedhilde Trautwein and Dr. Kerstin Diekmann participated. In addition, Dr. Elmar Weissmann and Johannes Peter Angenendt representatives of the German private plant breeding companies as well as the German Team Leader Mr. Ekkehard Schroeder participated. The 4 German technical experts covered the following topics:

  1. Overview of main elements of PVP in Germany/EU including post PVP control of registered varieties
  2. Granting of plant breeders’ rights (PBR) and the effect for the owner/holder of this intellectual property right
  3. System and regulation of monitoring the maintenance of protected plant varieties in Germany/EU
  4. Areas and procedures of collaboration of regional public organizations responsible for seed certification and marketing control of seed in Germany and BSA at central level responsible for monitoring and maintenance of plant varieties in Germany
  5. Overview legal framework and basis of seed production in Germany
  6. How to manage the intellectual property right successfully as plant breeder in Germany/EU
  7. Experience with Seed Trust Administration Ltd. (STV-Saatgut-Treuhandverwaltung GmbH) – private organization for persecution of infringements of PVP in Germany
  8. Typical private-law agreements (license agreements) between plant breeders (PVP holders) and licensed party in Germany
  9. Monitoring of license agreement in Germany/EU
  10. Experience with the collection of royalties from farmer saved seed in Germany including the management of data necessary for the traceability of the activities of the licensed party
10 11, 2019

Visit of Germany and The Netherlands to study seed sector and food processing industry

By |2020-01-15T19:19:06+00:00November 10th, 2019|0 Comments

A high-level agriculture department delegation with 5 delegates from Telangana led by Agriculture Minister S. Niranjan Reddy visited Germany and The Netherlands from October 29 – November 5, 2019. The study visit programme was organized by the project “Indo-German Cooperation on Seed Sector Development”.

The programme started with the visit of the German Federal Ministry of Food and Agriculture (BMEL), the Indian Embassy in Berlin and the ecological village of Brodowin (practicing biodynamic farming) near Berlin. Afterwards the delegation met representatives of the German Plant Breeders’ Association (BDP) in Bonn and visited BAYER Crop Science Division in Monheim, BASF Vegetable Seed Company Nunhems BV in Nunhem and a seed growing farm in Germany.

The programme continued in The Netherlands with the visit of the Seed Valley in the northwest of the Netherlands to study the technologies being adopted there in the production and processing of quality seed. Furthermore, the Dutch Inspection Service for Horticulture Naktuinbouw in Roelofarendsveen, the flower auction in Aalsmeer and further meetings took place.

25 09, 2019

Participation at World Seed Trade and Technology Congress September 2019 in Bangalore

By |2020-01-15T17:51:48+00:00September 25th, 2019|0 Comments

The Indian Council of Food & Agriculture (IFCA) organized an international meeting of various seed stakeholders from September 18-21, 2019 in Bangalore to discuss and develop a strategic plan for seed sector development. The congress was focused on the growth parameters for the sector in Asia and Africa.

The German seed sector expert Dr. Elmar Weissmann participated with a contribution in the technical session 4: “Harmonizing a Intellectual Property Rights Regulatory Regime in Seed Industry” on behalf of the Indo-German cooperation project on seed sector development.

The World Seed Congress in Bangalore was organized by IFCA, International Seed Federation (ISF) and was supported by the Federation of Seed Industry of India (FSII) and National Seed Association of India (NSAI) and several co-sponsors.

30 06, 2019

International Seed Exhibition and ISTA Symposium in Hyderabad, India

By |2020-01-15T19:19:43+00:00June 30th, 2019|0 Comments

In conjunction with the 32nd Congress 2019 of the International Seed Testing Association (ISTA) an International Seed Exhibition was organized from June 26-28, 2019 in Hyderabad, India. More than 75 public and private seed related organizations and firms from across the world presented their state-of-the-art facilities and solutions for better seed production, seed processing, seed testing, developments in biotechnology and other advanced technologies for high quality seed production.

The project “Indo-German Cooperation on Seed Sector Development” participated at the International Seed Exhibition with a stall and provided information about the activities and achievements of the project. The project is part of the bilateral cooperation program of the German Ministry of Food and Agriculture (BMEL) and is implemented by the consortium of ADT Project Consulting GmbH (ADT) and German Plant Breeders’ Association (BDP). The project stall at the exhibition was frequently visited during the three-days exhibition.

In parallel to the International Seed Exhibition, the ISTA Seed Symposium under the theme “Seed technology and quality in a changing world” took place at the same location, the International Convention Centre in Hyderabad. Participants of the symposium have been above all seed analysts, seed laboratory experts, technologists, researchers and managers from universities or research institutes, policy makers and members of the seed industry from more than 60 countries of the world.

The bilateral project participated particularly at the poster session of the ISTA Seed Symposium. Two posters had been prepared and presented by the project team on:

  • Indo-German Cooperation on Seed Sector Development;
  • Opportunities and Challenges to Improve Agriculture & Seed Sector Value Chain Governance in Telangana Region, India.

The whole ISTA Congress in Hyderabad and all connected side events have been very well organized. More than 500 participants from across the world attended the ISTA Seed Symposium.

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