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 :
Members have made significant use of the inland Place of Destination scheme (PODs) for managing imports of plants and plant products, however it is to be noted these are to be significantly changed and reduced in 2022.
The AIC Seed Dinner 2021 was planned to take place on 2 nd December 2021. However the continued uncertainty over Covid restrictions and the liability this places on member funds as well as the financial commitment from the AIC, leads the AIC to conclude that the risk attached to planning a dinner at a time when there is so much uncertainty would not be seen as a sensible and safe use of member funds.
Under the Movement Assistance Scheme (MAS) there was already no charge for phytosanitary certificates for seed from GB to NI. AIC has continued to press for coverage of the other costs around moving seed to NI, and Defra have now announced an extension to the coverage of the MAS from 1 st August 2021 to December 2023.
The AIC Seed Trade Dinner has been a well supported fixture of the calendar for many years, but Members will be aware that in 2020 all AIC dinners were postponed due to Covid 19. At the time it was anticipated Covid would not be a concern by 2021, but as all are aware this is not the case.
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.