Farmers’ rights activists on Tuesday sowed FL-2027 potato seeds on a plot of farmland in Ahmedabad, Gujarat to protest food and beverages major PepsiCo’s reassertion of rights over the variety.
Farmers in Gujarat have been claiming that under the Protection of Plant Varieties and Farmers’ Rights (PPVFR) Act, 2001, they can sow the seed without the company’s permission.
PepsiCo registered FL-2027 variety in 2016 and introduced it in Gujarat for cultivation. The company uses it for production of wafers.
On September 23 this year, PepsiCo had asserted in a letter to Authority under the PPVFR Act that as the “holder of certificate of registration for FL-2027”, it has the “rights under the Act to pursue necessary actions against individuals and companies alike who infringes its rights”.
Kapil Shah of the Beej Adhikar Manch said various organisations fighting for farmers’ rights have asked farmers to sow the seeds without any fear.