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The emphasis on the framework on the rights of farmers in the international conference

India also called for capacity building to use GIS on plant genetic resources for food and agriculture

India also called for capacity building to use GIS on plant genetic resources for food and agriculture

On the second day of the meeting of the Governing Body of the International Treaty on Plant Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture (ITPGRFA), the issue of farmers’ rights remained the focus of discussion. Union Agriculture Ministry stated that India stands for creation of options for implementation of farmers’ rights and proposed that between the contracting parties for the use of Global Information System (GIS) for Plant Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture Capacity building is required.

The Center said an expert group on farmers’ rights was constituted in 2017 with India and the country leading the group as co-chairs. “India also ensured group discussions during the pandemic and prepared a set of options and future course of action to implement farmers’ rights in any country,” the release said.

India also pushed for the revival of the growth of the multilateral system from 2019 onwards, all formal meetings of the ITPGRFA were postponed. “India held an informal meeting with Switzerland at the UN-Geneva and prepared a document for the ninth meeting of the General Body for consultations. Consequently, a Liaison Group has been formed under India’s co-chairmanship to decide the future course of action.

India also called for capacity building to use GIS on plant genetic resources for food and agriculture. “As a member of the Scientific Advisory Committee, India proposed that there is a need for capacity building among the contracting parties for the use of GLIS,” the release said, adding that the country would be able to develop plant genetics for food and agriculture. It seeks to make continuous efforts towards conservation and sustainable use of resources. “As a member of the Committee on Conservation and Sustainable Use, India has proposed joint programs with international and regional organizations/institutions to fulfill this agenda,” the Center said.

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