Pepsico v/s Potato Farmers, RSTV Big Picture debate on Pepsico’s dispute with potato farmers for IAS [Video]

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RSTV Big Picture Pepsico v/s Potato Farmers:-

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Anchor: Frank Rausan Pereira


Vijaykant Mishra, Chairman, Committee on Agri Business & Foods, PHD Chamber of Commerce

Tajamul Haque, Former Chairman, Commission for Agricultural Cost & Prices

Jayesh K. Unnikrishnan, Legal Advisor, Council of Scientific and Industrial Research

Vinay Bhardwaj, Head, Division of Crop Improvement, Central Potato Research Institute

Anand Yagnik, Advocate, Gujarat Farmers

Larger Background:

  • A variety of potatoes developed by FMCG giant Pepsico’s India division has triggered a patent-infringement battle in the country.
  • The snacks and beverages major has sued a few farmers in Gujarat for growing potatoes which the company uses to make its Lay’s chips.
  • The MNC has sought Rs 1 crore each from four farmers for cultivating the FC5 potato variety.
  • In an Ahmedabad commercial court, the company claimed it is the registered breeder of FC5 under India’s Protection of Plant Varieties and Farmers’ Rights Act.
  • PepsiCo has been developing and registering a variety of potatoes in India …
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