New Delhi: President Droupadi Murmu has said that it is our responsibility to safeguard the rights of the farmers and care for their future as they are ANNDATA, the food providers for humanity. Inaugurating the first Global Symposium on Farmers’ Rights’ in New Delhi today, she said by safeguarding the rights of the farmers, we safeguard the future of the world making it more brighter and prosperous.
Talking about the diversity of the country, President Murmu said that India has more than 45 thousand varieties of plants and widest range of species and by saving and preserving them, we will not only be saving humanity but also entire world.
Eminent scientists, farmers, and resource persons from 59 countries across the globe are participating in the programme. They are deliberating upon the pivotal issues related to Farmers’ Rights as enshrined in Article 9 of the International Treaty on Plant Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture.
India was the first country in the world to include Farmers’ Rights in the context of Plant Variety Registration through its Protection of Plant Varieties and Farmers’ Rights Act, 2001.
Union Agriculture and Farmers Welfare Minister Narendra Singh Tomar was also present in the event.