APEDA Act amendment to protect ‘Basmati Rice’
After Pakistan’s refusal to accept India’s offer of joint registration of basmati, under the Geographical Indications (GI), the government approved the amendment to empower the Agricultural and Processed Food Product Export Development Authority (Apeda) for undertaking the registration of intellectual property and patent rights by APEDA. This amendment would help in protecting India’s farm products like basmati rice from patent violations. According to the amendment, the registration of basmati rice, etc. as a geographical indication under the geographical indications of goods (registration and protection) act 1999 can be initiated and APEDA can effectively protect the geographical indication in India and abroad. After the amendment is passed by the Parliament, APEDA would be able to fight cases abroad whenever any violation takes place and Basmati would be registered by India under GI and will not be grown in other parts of the world.