The Ministry of Agriculture opened the Plant Species and Varieties Registration Office (OREVADO), which seeks to guarantee the institutional framework for people who want to develop new varieties of vegetable crops, innovate in the transfer of technology or invest in production, i.e. breeders.
Minister Osmar Benitez indicated that this allowed the country to be included among the 75 countries that are part of the agreement of the International Union for the Protection of New Plant Varieties (UPOV) based in the Netherlands, which certifies the use of quality seeds, the right of industrial property, trade, and technological advances in the production of new plant varieties.
"The Dominican Republic is now one of the countries that is working to facilitate trade, the right and protection of the investment made by those engaged in new productions, as established by international standards and national regulation. The goal of this opening is promoting new breeders who are involved in the development of new varieties of vegetables that contribute to the food and welfare of humanity," said Benitez.
The Minister thanked the authorities of the Netherlands, represented by the Dutch Ambassador Annemieke Verrijp, who have supported the development and creation of this office that certifies the breeder's rights. This new office will allow the people who want to develop new products to have representation and create the bases for an institutional framework.
"A country that guarantees rights is a nation that advances towards institutionalization," Benitez stated.