The research and development of new varieties by plant breeding companies has allowed farmers to double their yield in the last 50 years, with an increase in the quality of crops.
The development of new varieties is only possible with continual investment in research programs. In order to sustain programs for the improvement and development of varieties, it is vital to protect the results of the work performed by breeders and to respect their intellectual property rights.
Why intellectual property rights are necessary?
- The reproducing or purchasing of illegal plants or seeds, or reusing them to sow without applying intellectual property rights threatens research and compromises the future of our agricultural system.
- The use of uncertified or illegally produced plant material can give poor results and cause serious financial damage to the farmer involved.
- On the other hand, the absence of health controls can be a focus for the transmission of diseases.