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Basmati rice case study

May 12, 2015



  • 1.BASMATI CASE STUDY Compiled by Deepika 1

2. CASE STUDY - INDIA 2 3. BASMATI CASE STUDY In late 1997, an American company RiceTec Inc, was granted a patent by the US patent office to call the aromatic rice grown outside India Basmati. RiceTec Inc, had been trying to enter the international Basmati market with brands like Kasmati and Texmati described as Basmati-type rice with minimal success. 3 4. BASMATI CASE STUDY However, with theBasmati patent rights,RiceTec will now be ableto not only call itsaromatic rice Basmatiwithin the US, but alsolabel it Basmati for itsexports.) India and Pakistan willnot only lose out on the45,000 tonne US importmarket, which forms 10percent of the totalBasmati exports. 4 5. BASMATI CASE STUDY In addition, the patent onBasmati is believed to be aviolation of the fundamentalfact that the long grainaromatic rice grown only inPunjab, Haryana, and UttarPradesh is called Basmati.." 5 6. BASMATI CASE STUDY Basmati rice means the "queen of fragrance or theperfumed one." Grown in the foothills of the Himalayas for thousandsof years. Perfumy, nut-like flavor and aroma. A long-grained rice with a fine texture Costliest rice in the world. Favored by emperors and praised by poets forhundreds of years. India is the second largest producer of rice afterChina, and grows over a tenth of the worlds wheat.6 7. BASMATI CASE STUDY In the abstract, "the invention relates to novel ricelines and to plants and grains of these lines . . . . .Specifically, one aspect of the invention relates tonovel rice lines whose plants are semi-dwarf instature, substantially photoperiod insensitive and highyielding, and produce rice grains havingcharacteristics similar or superior to those of goodquality Basmati rice. Another aspect of the inventionrelates to novel rice lines produced from novel ricelines . . . . "7 8. BASMATI CASE STUDY According to Dr Vandana Shiva, director of a Delhi-based research foundation which monitors issuesinvolving patents and biopiracy,Moreover, she claims the "theft involved in theBasmati patent is, therefore, threefold:- a theft of collective intellectual and biodiversityheritage on Indian farmers,- a theft from Indian traders and exporters whosemarkets are being stolen by RiceTec Inc., and ,- a deception of consumers since RiceTec is using astolen name Basmati for rice which is derived fromIndian rice but not grown in India, and hence not thesame quality."8

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