The Biological Diversity ( Biodiversity ) Act 2002


The Act covers conservation, use of biological resources and associated knowledge occurring in India for commercial or research purposes or for the purposes of bio-survey and bio-utilisation. It provides a framework for access to biological resources and sharing the benefits arising out of such access and use. The Act also includes in its ambit the transfer of research results and application for intellectual property rights (IPRs) relating to Indian biological resources.

The Act covers foreigners, non-resident Indians, body corporate, association or organization that is either not incorporated in India or incorporated in India with non-Indian participation in its share capital or management. These individuals or entities require the approval of the National Biodiversity Authority when they use biological resources and associated knowledge occurring in India for commercial or research purposes or for the purposes of bio-survey or bio-utilisation.

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Mitti – Back to the roots, A film on agrarian crisis and Importance of traditional organic farming by Farmers’ Champions


Mitti-back to roots, is a docudrama film based on several real life incidences from across the country.  The film is made in hindi and dubbed into other languages.

Mitti is the story of a young agricultural scientist ‘Ekta’ who tries understand the crisis in farm sector and explores alternative paths. This is story of a village which was put up for sale.  It is the story of the farmers who lost their lives chasing the dreams of big yields. It is the story of the young women who tried to restore their livelihoods. It is the story of a village which gained freedom from all the clutches.

The film is a result of more than a year research on the farm crisis, farmer suicides, pesticide poisoning, land grab and several other issues pushing farming into crisis.  The research was done by team headed by Mr. Anshul Sinha under the mentorship of Dr. G. V. Ramanjaneyulu, Centre for Sustainable Agriculture, Hyderabad.  The film portrays 25 major issues pushing farming into crisis.

The film aims at saving every farmer from giving up farming and their life and making others realise what is wrong with our approach to farming today and what are the possible ways out.

You can watch the Film at Youtube,

United Nations ( UN ) Environment Assembly

The fourth session of the United Nations Environment Assembly, the world’s highest-level decision-making body on the environment, will take place in Nairobi from 11 to 15 March 2019 under the theme “Innovative solutions for environmental challenges and sustainable consumption and production”.

In the run-up to the Assembly, UN Environment is leading a global campaign to Think Beyond Live Within. This campaign focuses on an informative and emotive approach to communicating the environmental cost of key consumption and production models.

As part of the campaign, UN Environment encourages people to take the lead and #SolveDifferent for a sustainable future for our planet.

Watch the video message from Siim Kiisler, 4th President of the United Nations Environment Assembly, inviting you to #SolveDifferent

Agriculture Export Policy, 2018 – India


The Union Cabinet chaired by Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi has approved the Agriculture Export Policy, 2018 on 6th Dec 2018 [ Reference Press release ]. In order to provide an impetus to agricultural exports, the Government has come out with a comprehensive “Agriculture Export Policy” aimed at doubling the agricultural exports and integrating Indian farmers and agricultural products with the global value chains. The Agriculture Export Policy has the following vision:

Objectives of the Agriculture Export Policy are as under:

  • To double agricultural exports from present ~US$ 30+ Billion to ~US$ 60+ Billion by 2022 and reach US$ 100 Billion in the next few years thereafter, with a stable trade policy regime.
  • To diversify our export basket, destinations and boost high value and value added agricultural exports including focus on perishables.
  • To promote novel, indigenous, organic, ethnic, traditional and non-traditional Agri products exports.
  • To provide an institutional mechanism for pursuing market access, tackling barriers and deal with sanitary and phyto-sanitary issues.
  • To strive to double India’s share in world agri exports by integrating with global value chain at the earliest.
  • Enable farmers to get benefit of export opportunities in overseas market.

As on 7th Dec, the only copy available to download is “Draft Copy” As below,