Plant Breeders’ Rights Bill introduced: government seeks to establish viable seed industry for food security
The government Friday introduced “The Plant Breeders’ Rights Bill, 2015” to establish a viable seed industry for food security in Pakistan and to ensure the availability of high-quality seeds and planting material to farmers.
Federal Minister of Inter Provincial Coordination Riaz Hussain Pirzada moved the Bill for introduction in the House. The Speaker referred the Bill to concerned standing committee for further deliberations.
Plant breeders rights are specific type of Intellectual Property Rights granted to the breeders of new varieties of plants. To comply with The World Trade Organisation (WTO) / Trade-Related Aspects of Intellectual Property Rights (TRIPS) agreement, government of Pakistan has already introduced several laws in the field of Intellectual Property namely patents, trademarks, copyright, industrial designs etc under the said agreement Pakistan is also required to provide intellectual property rights to the breeders of new plant varieties.
According to objectives of the Bill, the proposed law seeks to achieve the goals; (i) Encouraging plant breeders and seed organisations of both in public and private sector to invest in research and plant breeding (ii) Development of superior varieties of field, vegetable and ornamental crops (iii) Facilitate in access to protected foreign varieties and new technologies (iv)Creating healthy competition for variety development among public and private sector organisations (v) Facilitate in generating revenues for Research Institutes and financial incentives for Plant Breeders and (vi) Effectively control menace of counterfeiting in the Seed sector for betterment of farmer community and food security in the country.
Earlier, Deputy Speaker of the National Assembly, Murtaza Javed Abbasi cut short the business and prorogued the House due to lack of quorum pointed out by Sher Akbar Khan of Jamaat-e-Islami (JI).
Before pointing out the quorum, Sher Akbar staged walkout from the House in protest for not being given the floor by the Deputy Speaker. Later, Sher Akbar entered the House and pointed out the quorum. The Speaker asked for counting heads. After the counting it was revealed that the House was not in order, the Speaker prorogued it.
Responding to a calling attention notice regarding prolonged gas load-shedding in Islamabad especially in G-7 Sectors, Minister of State for Petroleum and Natural Resources Jam Kamal told the House that steps are being taken to augment the supply of gas to these sectors.
He said the government is taking steps to overcome gas shortage in the country and for this purpose exploration process is being enhanced. He said that country is facing two billion cubic feet gas shortage.
He pointed out that Turkmenistan-Afghanistan-Pakistan-India gas pipeline project will be inaugurated next month in Turkmenistan. Speaking on a point of order, Dr Ibadullah and Naeema Kishwar condemned the attack on Minister for Housing and Works Akram Khan Durrani on Thursday. They demanded investigations and compensation for those killed in the incident.
News source: Business Recorder