Plant Breeders’ Right Bill, 2016 smoothly sails through Senate

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ISLAMABAD, Nov 23 (APP): The Senate on Wednesday passed the Plant Breeders’ Rights Bill, 2016 with around 29 amendments aimed at ensuring availability of high quality seeds and planting materials to the farmers.
Minister of National Food Security and Research Sikandar Hayyat Khan Bosan piloted the bill to encourage the development of new plant varieties and to protect rights of breeders of such varieties [The Plant Breeders’ Right Bill, 2016] in the House.
The proposed bill would encourage plant breeders and seed
organizations of both in public and private sectors to invest in research and plant breeding and development of superior varieties of field, vegetable and ornamental crops.
The bill would also help create healthy competition for variety development among public and private sector organizations, besides effectively controlling menace of counterfeiting in the seed sector for betterment of farmer community and food security.
It would also facilitate in generating revenue for research institutes and financial incentives for plant breeders.
Meanwhile, Chairman Senate Mian Raza Rabbani referred the Hindu Marriage Bill, 2016 to the standing committee concerned for further deliberation.
Minister for Human Rights Kamran Michael moved the bill in the
House.