Dr. N P Singh, Director of Indian Council for Agricultural Research (Goa) disclosed that two Goan varieties of brinjals – Agassaim and Taleigo – are in the process of being registered under the Protection of Plants Variety and Farmers’ Right Act.
These brinjals cultivated extensively in the two villages are much favoured for their size and texture and in fact, it was rumoured that the Agassaim variety was used to prepare the hybrid seeds of brinjals.
Dr. Singh disclosed that scientists are currently working on the molecular study and DNA fingerprinting of these two species as both these are crucial for registration of plants under the act. Besides, the Germplasm Screening Committee, which is mandatory under the Act, has also been constituted.
Once these two species are registered under the Act, wherever their seeds are planted, they will be known as Agassaim or Taleigao variety of brinjals.
While ICAR has already registered the mancurad variety of mangoes, it has also set its eyes on registering the red variety of paddy which is grown in different parts of the State and in recent times extensively in Chorao.