Asia, India, China, Middle East, Breeding, Varieties

PepsiCo loses rights to Lays potato variety in India

Pepsico’s registration of the FL-2027 variety of potatoes, used in Lays potato chips, has been revoked by the Protection of Plant Varieties and Farmers Rights’ Authority in India.

As Priscilla Jebaraj reports for The Hindu, two years after PepsiCo India provoked outrage by suing nine Gujarati farmers for allegedly infringing patent rights by growing its registered potato variety, the company’s registration has been revoked by the Protection of Plant Varieties and Farmers Rights’ Authority (PPV&FRA).

“This judgement is a historic victory for the farmers of India. It should also prevent any other seed or food corporation from transgressing legally granted farmers’ seed freedoms in India,” said Kavitha Kuruganti, convenor of the Alliance for Sustainable and Holistic Agriculture, who had filed the petition to revoke the food giant’s registration.

PepsiCo said it was reviewing Friday’s order, but refused to offer further comments.

The PPV&FRA reportedly questioned the documentation produced by PepsiCo claiming it was the owner of the variety, and thus could be considered the Registered Breeder under the law. 

Source: The Hindu. Read the full story here
Photo: Courtesy AFP via The Hindu
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