Agri Business

Open system for seed germplasm mooted

K.V. Kurmanath Hyderabad | Updated on March 12, 2018 Published on October 12, 2012

Linux has changed the way we compute using software tools available through the open source. It opened up a new world of software development for those opposing the proprietary technology solutions.

How about a Linux for seeds? This is what a small set of scientists, including in ICAR (Indian Council of Agricultural Research), independent scientists and non-governmental organisations, are thinking loudly.

They have pitched for support at the ongoing Convention of Biological Diversity by making an open appeal to create a mechanism to create an open source seed bowl.

Making a case for such open source for seeds at a side event here on Thursday, C. Ramanjaneyulu, Chief Executive Officer of Centre for Sustainable Agriculture, felt that Indian seed sector deserved a Linux-like system for seeds that allowed physical and legal access to repository of knowledge built over years.

“Those who want to conduct research can access germplasm on the condition that no one else down the line gets any exclusive rights over the material built on that,” he said.

A new type of germplasm exchange mechanism is needed to promote the continued free exchange of ideas and germplasm. And an open source system would help in this regard.

“The farmers as co-developers should have the right over the basic material. This, however, should put no restriction on using this germplasm to develop new varieties or to experiment,” he said.

He said discussions were on with like-minded scientists and groups to create such an open source.


Published on October 12, 2012

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