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 :
In light of some comments on social media and the farming press about instances of over-yeared seed bags breaking, following consultation with several Seed Sector members AIC has issued a press release raising the points below for staff on farm to be aware of.
As covered in briefing S20-20 on trade with the EU from 2021, the Border Operating Model published in July made a number of references to seed and stated a list of plants and plant products that would require pre-notification of import would be published “in due course”.
AIC has again received requests from multiple companies that in order to meet market demand, a derogation be sought for winter bean seed. The germination level requested would provisionally be 70%, as was the case previously.
Whilst a free trade deal with the EU is strongly expected this autumn, Seed members are advised to consider the points in the attached document in order to plan for business operations in the event of no deal.
APHA has today put out the attached letter as a reminder and update on the new requirements for plant passports and labels. For agricultural species it affects Lucerne, Oilseed Rape, Turnip rape, Soya bean, Sunflower, Flax/Linseed and White mustard.
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.