The Seed Synergy partners applaud the Minister of Agriculture and Agri-Food, Lawrence MacAulay, for confirming the launch of a consultation on potential amendments to Plant Breedersâ€™ Rights (PBR) regulations. This consultation includes value creation in cereals which explores increasing the investment in research and innovation that is necessary to position Canada as a leader in variety development.
â€śEveryone recognizes the need to invest in innovation in order to deliver new varieties,â€ť said Todd Hyra, President of the Canadian Seed Trade Association. â€śIn order to attract and retain the best plant breeders, Canada needs a system that compensates them for their efforts. Changes to the existing system will ensure lasting investment in variety development in Canada for Canada, allowing us to compete more effectively on a global scale. The Seed Synergy partners and our members welcome the confirmation that this consultation will be taking place.â€ť
According to information provided by Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada, the purpose of this engagement is to seek views on implementing a value creation model and the two options being proposed: and end-point royalty and a trailing royalty system. This engagement will also assist in identifying overarching opportunities and challenges for the possible implementation of a new model for Canada, AAFC says.
Sessions will be hosted by AAFC and CFIA and held in November in Winnipeg, Saskatoon, Edmonton and Ottawa.
Seed Synergy partners and member companies alike are united in support of a consultation process that would bring about an effective value creation system in cereals for Canadians. This system would allow Canada to remain competitive in a rapidly evolving national and international marketplace and benefit cereal breeding programs for private and public companies of all sizes across Canada. As it stands, public and private breeding programs are unable to recover the full cost of variety development.
â€śSeed growers recognize that any changes to the system intended to generate additional funds for plant breeding in Canada must benefit breeders and generate value for producers of all crop kinds by building on the strengths of the current pedigreed seed system. We believe that additional support for Canadian plant breeders will lead to increased access to innovative varieties for seed growers and for our customers, and that it is essential for Canadian agriculture to thrive and continue to contribute to the well-being of Canadians,â€ť said Jonathan Nyborg, President of the Canadian Seed Growersâ€™ Association.
The Seed Synergy Collaboration Project acknowledges that the current model of the seed sector must adapt to change and seize emerging opportunities. Canada needs a strong vision for the future, and practical reforms now, to position producers, innovators and ultimately the entire agricultural value chain to succeed in a highly competitive and innovation-based global marketplace.
In a statement, the Seed Synergy partners say they look forward to working with allied groups and the federal government throughout the consultation process to bring about an effective value creation system in cereals.