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Ethiopia has a long-standing dispute on who has the patent for the material made from a teff on a step closer to the right way. Teff is the ancient grain where stable food, Ethiopia has been made.
A Dutch company called Ancient Grain has applied and maintained on the patent made with teff flower. The court in Hague opposed the patent saying that a patent did not innovate his / her; flour so he can not keep the petty right over it.
Fitsum Arega, Ethiopian ambassador for the US, who is also a leader of the Ethiopian Investment Commission in a tweet, said: "This is a good news. I hope we can learn from this that our national assets must be protected by Ethiopians and Ethiopia friends, "He also said we should protect" patent teff ".
The news of the Dutch archeology in Addis Ababa. After waiting for the appeal time to be & # 39; Run out, "said the ambassador," As no claim has been made, the final decision is now: the application is to teff handle with a claimant in uninhabited place in the Netherlands. "
The teff patent is now open, and no person or company is kept. This will be a specification for Ethiopia to continue. By getting a right pattern for teff, Ethiopia is easy to bring the product to a European market, an opportunity that will encourage farmers to do more and, therefore, help the country to obtain legitimate identity.
Teff, known as "the magic grain" for being quite free and with several health benefits, is widely regarded as part of Aetiaia's cultural heritage. Its flour is used, which may be white or several leaves of brown, to make an engine, Ethiopian stable food.
Sources: All Africa, Ethio Explorer, Official Twitter Page Fitsum Arega, Tadias Magazine