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How PepsiCo exploited the law in its potato fight against Gujarat farmers

Updated : April 30, 2019 01:31 PM IST

PepsiCo India, which calls itself a snacking company, has initiated legal proceedings against four farmers in Gujarat for illegally using its potato variety registered under the Protection of Plant Varieties and Farmers’ Rights Act (PPVFRA).
The case has given rise to a number of issues regarding the PPVFRA, arising from its contentious provisions and the manner of its implementation.
The benefits that the farmers are deriving are not clear, but can easily be understood is that companies like PepsiCo that got the opportunity to register their older varieties, can now sue the farmers for using known plant varieties.
How PepsiCo exploited the law in its potato fight against Gujarat farmers
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