The AgriculturalIndustries Confederation has welcomed the first review of seed regulations tobe undertaken for some 60 years, but is fighting to ensure that the revisionsdo not exclude essential practice on autumn seed deliveries.
Speaking at theAIC Annual Seed Trade Dinner, Paul Taylor who chairs the Seed Sector said afull review was long overdue and the Confederation had collaborated willinglyin the EU Better Regulation consultation for seeds.
The UK inputreflected a strong consensus between the commercial seed industry and plantbreeders, and farming unions, as well as Defra officials and MEPs.
However, we dohave an issue on the Commissions proposals regarding early movement of seed,which is vital to accommodate the very short turn round period from harvest tothe supply of seed for autumn sowing, said Mr Taylor. In the past, seedmerchants have been able to move seed, under a provisional germination resultonto farm while official testing was completed. However, under the newregulations the Commission proposes that no seed can move before all testing iscomplete. This poses a very serious logistics challenge which Britains seedmerchants will struggle to cope with.
AIC will lobbywith others, both from the UK and via the European Seed Association tosafeguard the existing UK practice.
We have gatheredconsiderable support and trust that our needs will be recognised as a pragmaticsolution that still protects the rights of farmers buying certified seed, saidMr Taylor.