Protection of plant varieties: work still to be done in many countries

In Europe, plant breeders’ rights are arranged fairly well with a protection period of 30 years for potato varieties.

In Europe, plant breeders’ rights are arranged fairly well with a protection period of 30 years for potato varieties. A right that can be invoked in the reproduction of the planting stock but also, if necessary, in the import or export of the planting stock or of the harvested material. The principle also applies that a reasonable fee is paid to the grower for own propagation of seed potatoes. In the Netherlands, Plantum organises this for the breeding stations via the www.eigenzaaizaad.nl reporting system. In many other countries, there is still work to be done. Plantum is very active to also improve plant breeders’ rights outside Europe. In 2016, the Dutch government provided funds to carry out around ten to twenty activities per year aimed at improving plant breeders’ rights in various other countries.

 

 

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