Activists Search Centre's Intervention In Pepsico's Case Towards Farmers

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9 farmers from Sabarkantha and Aravalli districts have been dragged to court docket by PepsiCo for allegedly rising a wide range of potatoes for which it has claimed Plant Selection Safety (PVP) rights.

9 farmers from Sabarkantha and Aravalli districts have been dragged to court docket by PepsiCo for allegedly rising a wide range of potatoes for which it has claimed Plant Selection Safety (PVP) rights.

The multinational large has sought damages of Rs 1 crore from every of 4 farmers in its swimsuit at a court docket in Ahmedabad, and Rs 20 lakh from every of the farmers sued at a district court docket in Modasa, activists stated at a press convention.

Over 190 activists Wednesday requested the Union authorities to ask meals and drinks large PepsiCo India to withdraw its “false” instances towards Gujarat farmers for allegedly illegally rising a wide range of potatoes “registered” by the corporate.

The Safety of Plant Varieties and Farmers’ Rights Authority Act, 2011 exempts farmers from PVP rights, stated Kapil Shah, who heads Jatan, an organisation devoted to natural farming.

The matter in Ahmedabad court docket will come up for listening to on April 26, they stated.

“It is for the state government to ensure that farmers are not harassed. The company should immediately withdraw the case which is untenable,” stated Sagar Rabari of the Gujarat Khedut Samaj.

Reached for its response, an organization spokesperson stated that “given the issue is sub-judice, it would not be proper to offer detailed comments”.

In a letter to the Ministry of Agriculture, 194 signatories have sought monetary assist and safety of rights of farmers who’ve been sued for rising and promoting a potato selection referred to as FC-5 potato, for which PepsiCo India Holdings claimed to have obtained “exclusive rights in the country in 2016”.