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Hard Look: Hot Potato

Amid the ongoing controversy that erupted with PepsiCo India’s lawsuits against 11 farmers for growing its patented potato variety, The Indian Express meets the affected farmers to find the genesis of the problem .

Identifying different varieties of potato difficult as they don’t look very different: Research scientist Dr R N Patel

Dr R N Patel, associate research scientist at Potato Research Station of Sardarkrushinagar Dantiwada Agricultural University, Deesa, says For a table potato variety, high yield is the major driving factor.

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Gujarat to ask farmers to not grow 'PepsiCo potato' without firm's nod

When asked about the meeting, PepsiCo’s Kotecha said that the state government wanted to know from them the details of the issue, and refused to divulge any further details.

Gujarat: PepsiCo to withdraw lawsuit against potato farmers

The announcement comes a day after the BJP government in the state began negotiations with the American MNC for resolving the issue following growing chorus of farm rights activists and Opposition Congress.

Pepsi vs Gujarat farmers: case, its withdrawal

For India, PIH has patented FC-5 until January 2031 under the Protection of Plant Varieties and Farmers’ Rights (PPV&FR) Act, 2001.

Gujarat: PepsiCo withdraws lawsuits against nine farmers

Amidst uproar across the nation, among activists and farmers unions, Nitin Patel, deputy chief minister had said on April 27 that the government will seek to be added as a party in the lawsuits to back the farmers.

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PepsiCo’s attempt to sue farmers highlights the lacunae in IPR laws

Who is the rightful owner of the potato variety, FL 2027? Is it the farmer who bought, planted, harvested the potatoes from his own farm, or is it the innovator who cross-bred and modified the potato to have a low moisture content for crispier chips?

Lay off

A $65-billion multinational seeking Rs one crore each of damages from Average Joe farmers of Sabarkantha — that too, during election time — is going to only invite opprobrium and consumer backlash.

PepsiCo offers out of court settlement to farmers it sued

The company had filed the cases on Bipin Patel, Chhabil Patel, Vinod Patel and Hari Patel - small farmers in the state’s Sabarkantha district - on April 5. 

PepsiCo commissions its largest India beverage unit

According to Nooyi, the facility built on the lines of global green-building standards is the most water-efficient plant in the country.

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PepsiCo CEO Indra Nooyi quits after 12 years

Long-serving PepsiCo CEO Indra Nooyi decided to step down from her position on Monday. After 24-years of service, the 62-year old will leave the company on October 3, 2018. “Growing up in India, I never imagined I’d have the opportunity to lead such an extraordinary company,” Nooyi said in a statement.

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