Nigeria: Advocating for the Plant Variety Protection (PVP) law
The Plant Variety Protection (PVP) Act provides patent-like rights to Breeders, Developers and Owners of plant varieties. The absence of the PVP law in Nigeria has led to stealing of intellectual property of Seed Breeders, marketing of fake seeds leading to low productivity for farmers and the loss of millions of dollars on foreign export of Seeds. The PVP Bill is currently at the senate and has passed Second Reading, which seeks to protect Seed Breeders and Farmers.
In the Netherlands, the Plant Variety Protection (PVP) Act enabled them generate $2.6 Billion from seed export annually, while Kenya generates $1.8 Billion annually from flower export.
In this documentary, the National Agricultural Seeds Council (NASC), the regulatory body for the national seed industry and other stakeholders advocate for the passage of the Plant Variety Protection (PVP) Bill into law. Stakeholders discuss the impact of the lack of the PVP law on the seed sector and farmers. They talk about the benefits of the PVP law in resolving food security issues and the economic opportunities if passed into law. Support the National Agricultural Seeds Council (NASC) advocacy to pass the PVP Bill into law.