Bangladesh to get jute genome intellectual property right by mid-2012

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Bangladesh to get jute genome intellectual property right by mid-2012

DHAKA, Nov 17 (BSS) – Bangladesh is going to attain intellectual property right on genome sequence of jute by the middle of 2012, a highly placed official source said.

“We are going to get jute genome intellectual property right by the middle of next year,” a senior official told BSS.

As per the research conducted by scientists, getting the intellectual property right will help the country bring back the golden age of jute and make its cultivation possible in the drought-prone northern region, fallow land and salinity-hit areas.

Agriculture Secretary CQM Mushtaque Ahmad said getting the jute genome intellectual property right will be a revolutionary achievement in the agriculture sector.

Bangladesh Jute Research Institute (BJRI) Director General Dr M Kamal Uddin said application was sent to World Intellectual Property Rights Organisation (WIPRO) in September this year for intellectual property right of jute genome.

The WIPRO is now working on this issue and Bangladesh is expected to get a positive result soon, he added.

He said the agriculture ministry is implementing a three- year long project named ‘Basic and Applied Research on Jute’ on the issue.

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