The research and development of new varieties by plant breeding companies has allowed farmers to double their yield in the last 50 years, with increase in crops quality.
The development of new varieties is only possible with continual investment in research programs. In order to sustain plant breeding programs, it is vital to protect the results of the breeders’ work and respect their intellectual property rights.
Why intellectual property rights are necessary?
- Reproducing or purchasing illegal plants or seeds, or reusing them for sowing out of applicable intellectual property rights threatens research and compromises the future of our agricultural system.
- The use of uncertified or illegally produced plant reproductive materials can give poor results and threat livelihood of farmers involved.
- On the other hand, the absence of phytosanitary controls can be a focus for the transmission of diseases.