The work of the Seed Sector is geared to representing the interests of Members with Defra and other government and non-government bodies and organisations. Our aim is to improve the competitive position of AIC Member companies within the agri suppy industry.
The Seed Sector represents merchants producing, processing and providing seed of combinable crops to farm gate.
It seeks to support members’ interests through providing a comprehensive lobbying and advice service, sharing technical information and raising industry issues with government and supporting industry efforts to further the opportunities for new plant varieties. Through close liaison with Defra seed teams and partnerships with European bodies we identify, assess and communicate national and international issues that might impact on the competitiveness of the industry and which could affect the sustainability of seed production and marketing.
The aim of the seed sector is to improve the competitive position of AIC member companies within the agri supply industry. This is achieved by the sector through following a number of objectives including :
As noted in November ( S20-035 ) no applications for derogations on spring seed germination have been made. This was partly due to EU Exit and challenges on administering a derogation, but principally because there were very limited comments from members at the time about any need for one.
The Agricultural Industries Confederation (AIC) supports the decision by the Secretary of State to issue an emergency authorisation for the use of Cruiser SB (thiamethoxam) on sugar beet seed for 2021.
As noted in S20-038 previous omissions from Annex 2 of the Northern Ireland Protocol have now been added in. This is of particular relevance to companies marketing fodder plant seed from GB into NI, as it means this is no longer permitted from 1 st January.
Improving the understanding of Rights for plant breeding, the protection of income for the plant breeding sector, is a key requirement to maintain the levels of investment in plant breeding research – crucial for new product development.
Euroseeds is the voice of the European seed industry, representing the interests of those active in research, breeding, production and marketing of seeds of agricultural, horticultural and ornamental plant species.
The AIC Seed Sector consists of one committee. The committee has specific aims and objectives in line with the aims and objectives of the sector. The minutes of the committee are published on the website so members can be fully involved in all of the technical discussions.