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 :
Fees for documentary, identity, and physical checks on ‘ high-priority’ plants and plant products imported from the EU (and Switzwerland and Liechtenstein) were initially postponed to begin in April and will now begin on 1 st June 2021. There will also be a £5.25 fee for documentary checks on all regulated plants and plant products from then.
The Agricultural Industries Confederation (AIC) has welcomed the granting of equivalence for UK certified seed of cereal, fodder, beet, vegetable, oil and fibre plants by the EU, which means that seed can now be exported to the EU.
Confirmed by the Council of the EU, then voted through with a significant majority by the European Parliament on 8 th March, the decision has today been published in the Official Journal of the European Union, meaning it is now in law UK certified fodder plant, cereal, beet, vegetable, oil and fibre plant seed are equivalent to EU seed.
As noted in S21-012 this week the European Parliament voted on equivalence of field inspections and equivalence of varieties of agricultural plant species carried out in the UK. It voted in favour of the Commission’s proposal to grant equivalence by a vast majority of votes (617/705).
The following was posted on the Defra Plant Health Forum on 5 th March: | “Currently, all regulated seed for planting exported from GB is subject to systematic laboratory testing for plant health purposes, and this has been proportionate to arrangements for exports to non-EU countries.
On Monday 8 th March, the European Parliament is scheduled to vote on ‘Equivalence of field inspections and equivalence of checks on practices for the maintenance of varieties of agricultural plant species carried out in the United Kingdom’.
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.