Plant Variety Protection is a form of protection that grants the breederÂ exclusive controlÂ over the propagation material (includingÂ seed, cuttings, divisions, tissue culture) and harvested material (cut flowers, fruit, foliage) of a new variety for a number of years. Like any other form of intellectual property right such as patents, utility models, copyright, trademarks among other, the essence of Plant variety protection is to encourage creativity, innovations and attract investment in research. For a plant variety to qualify for protection under this form, it must meet the following criteria:
In addition, the breeder must give the variety an acceptable "denomination", which becomes its generic name and must be used by anyone who markets the variety.
Considering the above, Government of Uganda through the Parliament of the Republic of Uganda enacted the Plant Variety Protection (PVP) Act and was assented to by His Excellency the President on the 21st June 2014. The Act provides for promotion and development of new plant varieties and their protection as a means of enhancing breedersâ€™ innovations and rewards through granting of plant breeders rights and for other related matters. It also provides that Certificates of protection shall be issued by the Plant Variety Protection Office for new, distinct, uniform, and stable varieties of plants with approval and guidance of the Plant Variety Protection Committee.
Additionally, section 48 of the PVP Act. 2014 mandates the Minister for Agriculture, Animal Industry and Fisheries to make regulations to give full effect to the provisions of the Act. It is against this background that the Ministry of Agriculture Animal Industry and fisheries (MAAIF) is seeking for an experienced consultant to guide the technical working group appointed by MAAIF in the development of the plant variety protection regulations and rules of practice, that are consistent with the PVP Act. 2014, providing proceedings for the implementation of the PVP Act. 2014 including the operations of the Plant Variety Protection Office and the Plant Variety Protection Committee.
Owing to the above, Government of Uganda, through the Directorate of Crop Resources and more specifically the Department of Crop Inspection and Certification, now wishes to hire consultancy services from individual(s) to develop and draft the Plant Variety Protection Regulations.
The overall objective of the consultancy is to develop and draft Plant Variety Protection Regulations ready for submission to the Ministry of Agriculture, Animal Industry and Fisheries Top Policy Management Committee for consideration.
In drafting the Regulations, the Consultant(s) will have to consider the following;
To achieve the above, the consultant is expected to accomplish with the following
In case of an international consultant;
Generally, the Consultant(s) will;
The Consultant(s) shall, for all technical matters, report to the Commissioner Crop Inspection and Certification of the Ministry of Agriculture, Animal Industry and Fisheries. For the administration and contractual issues regarding the consultancy, the Consultant(s) shall liaise with the Chief of Party for ISSD in Uganda.
Interested firms or individuals should submit their technical and financial proposal (quotation) in Uganda Shillings with three reference clients' email and telephone contacts to firstname.lastname@example.org not later than Friday, 28th November 2019.