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Plant Breeders’ Rights Act Promulgated ?

2016-12-29

Draft Plant Breeders’ Rights Law prepared by IPO-Pakistan after extensive consultation with stakeholders was transferred to Ministry of National Food Security and Research (MNFS&R) on 4th July, 2016 with the approval of Prime Minister of Pakistan. With necessary amendments in the draft, PBR Bill was approved by National Assembly on 5th September, 2016 and by the Senate of Pakistan on 23rd November, 2016. The honorable President of Islamic Republic of Pakistan has signed the Bill on 5th December, 2016 and now it has become Act of the Parliament. Plant Breeders’ Rights Act, 2016 will be helpful to provide an effective intellectual property right system for granting protection to the development of new plant varieties and to establish a viable seed industry for the improvement of agriculture and food security to ensure the availability of high quality seeds and planting material to the farmers. It will promote Research and Development (R&D) in the field of agriculture and attract Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) for economic development of Pakistan.