Topic: Issues relating to intellectual property rights.
6) “Conservation of plant genetic resources is the shared responsibility of humanity”, do you agree with the statement? Discuss and give your opinion with suitable justifications.(250 words)
Why this question:
Union Agriculture Minister Shri Narendra Singh Tomar attended the 8
Governing Body of International Treaty of Plant Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture (ITPGRFA) in Rome, Italy. Thus the question from the perspective of GS paper III.
Key demand of the question:
Explain the significance of Conservation of plant genetic resources and discuss in what way it is the shared responsibility of humanity.
Discuss – This is an all-encompassing directive – you have to debate on paper by going through the details of the issues concerned by examining each one of them. You have to give reasons for both for and against arguments.
Structure of the answer:
In brief suggest that farming is the backbone of the socio-economy of India, where crop biodiversity is part and parcel of life.
Explain first the significance of plant genetic resources in general.
Briefly highlight the diversity of plant genetic resources present in the country (provide for some statistics and draw map of India and show depictions for the same).
Then explain in detail why conservation of plant genetic resources is the shared responsibility of humanity.
Conclude with way forward.