The World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) awarded Venkat Reddy a patent for his enriched rice and wheat technology, which he hopes will allow farmers to bring these nutrients to people all across the world. Venkat Reddy has demonstrated enthusiasm for using the power of intellectual property to advance the agricultural space before. Thanks to an innovative soil management technique he invented, a large network of farmers now have a natural way to minimize pests and optimize crop yields.
As the first independent farmer in India to receive an international patent, Venkat Reddy hopes to continue to use the incentives and protections that intellectual property provides to share his technology and change lives. “If the Government of India wants it to be simplified and given to farmers, I’m ready to help,” he says, adding that he would also be willing to collaborate with multinational companies to mass produce vitamin D-enriched rice and wheat, which would help to boost immunity and overall health.