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POLITICS-A Helping Hand

it is a question of development of different lines and seeds and it is a moot question if showing that basmati has been in existence in India for over a century or so will suffice to reverse the gram of the patent to Ricetec, A related issue is of course who is really affected by the patenting of basmati in the US. Certainly the usurpation of rights over genetic resources cannot be accepted or condoned, However, just how wilt attempts to patent other resources which may not have trade/export connotations be dealt with? Basmati it must be remembered is only one among numerous rice varieties grown in the country and consumed by a minuscule proportion of the population. But it is a foreign exchange earner. Does this not suggest the need to constitute watchdog bodies to create the required documentation, including perhaps genetic finger-printing of, to begin with, plants with commercial potential and also keep a watch over the patenting processes in the advanced countries, the US particularly?

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