Seed industry criticises quarantine regulations

Related tags Agriculture

A meeting of agricultural seed industry experts this week is
focusing on some countries' quarantine regulations, which they say
are being used to hinder world trade.

In a three day meeting ending 1 June in Santiago, about 1,000 delegates at the International Seed Federation's World Congress​are discussing genetically modified seed development, traceability and trading restrictions. The International Seed Federation (ISF) is a non-governmental, non-profit organisation representing the seed industry.

"We will also continue our important discussions on intellectual property, access to plant genetic resources and trading restrictions due to phytosanitary barriers,"​ said theorganisation's president, Selwyn Manning, in a statement. "Harmonisation of seed treatment regulations, the public and private seed research relationship and traceability will also be issues."

The Food and Agriculture organisation currently runs a global programme on improving the quality of seed varieties as a means of increasing crop and tree production.

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