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New global rules tighten control of seed varieties

Published on June 29, 2016

The age-old practice of farmers replanting harvested grain now goes against intellectual property laws adopted by the government.
The practice, which is rife whenever formal seeds become expensive, is a violation of set standards.Grain farmers may also not be aware that just five weeks ago, it became illegal to store copyrighted seed.

Kenya has updated accession to the 1991 Act of The International Union for the Protection of New Varieties of Plants (UPOV), which came into effect on May 11.

Union for the Protection of New Varieties of Plants (UPOV) stated,

It  shall  be  understood  that,  on  depositing  its  instrument of ratification, acceptance, approval or accession, as the case may be, each State or intergovernmental organisation must be in a position, under its laws, to give effect to the provisions of this convention

Read more. Source | Daily Nation