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PAMETI advocated conservation of agrobiodiversity in Punjab

   Punjab Agricultural Management and Extension Training Institute (PAMETI) organized a training programme on “Promoting Agrobiodiversity and Protection of Plant Varieties and Farmers’ Rights (PPV&FR)” from 05-07 February, 2020. The training was for the benefit of extension officials from dept. of Agriculture, Horticulture, Forestry and ATMA in which 18 trainees participated.

    Ms. Bharti Madan, DD(IT), PAMETI informed that the objective of the programme was to create awareness about the concept and importance of agrobiodiversity conservation. Agrobiodiversity is diversity in flora and fauna that are used directly or indirectly for food and agriculture and it is the foundation of sustainable agricultural development. Training was an effort towards creating understanding about agricultural technologies which not only ensure food security but also sustainability of biological resources.

   Dr H S Dhaliwal, Director PAMETI during his inaugural session, informed participants about the status of biodiversity in India as well as in the state. He said that developing a common understanding of all the stakeholders about the agrobiodiversity conservation is necessary to implement it at the field level. He urged the participants to thoroughly discuss different aspects of the subject with the experts so that its practicalities on ground can be worked out. Training was also aimed to provide an understanding about the protection of rights of breeders, researchers and farmers with respect to various plant varieties as defined in PPV&FR act.

   Various faculty members from PAU and GADVASU and other experts discussed different components of agrobiodiversity with the trainees. Ms. Shalini Bhutani, National Consultant from FAO-India made trainees aware about various policies, acts and rules, especially PPV&FR in support of agrobiodiversity through videoconferencing. Training concluded with feedback and valedictory ceremony.

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