Posted 5 March 2018. PMN Crop News.
East-West Seed Pushes for Philippine Vegetable Seed Sector Development
Source: East-West Seed Press Release. www.eastwestseed.com
Nonthaburi, Thailand (November 27, 2017)--Leading vegetable seed company East-West West is calling for reforms in the seed industry development act to make the Philippines more competitive and make vegetable farming more profitable for smallholder farmers.
Dr. Mary Ann Sayoc, Public Affairs Lead of East-West Seed and President of the Philippine Seed Industry Association, met with DA Undersecretary Ariel Cayanan and Asst. Director of the Bureau of Plant Industry Jennifer Remoquillo in a series of discussions with government on improving agriculture productivity.
At the National Seed Forum, the panel discussed ways to improve the country’s seed sector ranking based on the areas measured by the 2017 World Bank study "Enabling the Business of Agriculture” (EBA), which measures and compares countries’ laws and regulations that impact the business environment for agriculture.
The Philippines ranks #11 among 62 countries, the best performing among ASEAN countries. The Netherlands tops the list globally.
Dr. Sayoc said, “There is much more we can do to boost our performance. We want to take part in Philippines’ improvement in the areas measured by EBA to develop the seed sector, with particular focus in variety release, seed quality control, plant protection and access to markets.”
Among the recommended areas for action are:
• Increase private sector representation in the variety release committee (National Seed Industry Council)
• Finalize guidelines in the accreditation of private seed testing laboratories
• Establish e-phyto system - online application and release of phytosanitary certificates
• Strengthen capacity of the Pest Risk Analysis Unit of the National Plant Quarantine Office
• Impose stiffer penalties for infringement and mislabeling of seeds
At the National Seed Industry Council Meeting led by Secretary Manny Pinol, the Department of Agriculture made particular mention of mungbean production, as it was noted that 70% of the country’s requirements are imported.
Dr. Sayoc said, “In the same meeting, the Council expressed its support to the APSA Congress which the Philippines will host in Manila on November 12-16, 2018. A strong public-private partnership is needed to further develop the seed industry in the country.”