Modernizing Canada’s varietal registration system needed to happen — the removal of kernel visual distinguishability and the CWB’s monopoly in recent years has changed crop variety development in Canada. The registration system needs to evolve with it in order to stay current and competitive.
In this SoundCloud interview, Realagriculture.com’s editor, Lyndsey Smith, asks Canadian Seed Trade Association CEO, Patty Townsend, where we’re at in process, what the proposed changes are, the importance of this undertaking and why this is a chance for Canada to hit the re-set button on crop varietal registration. There are four scenarios being discussed as of right now. Townsend explains what each one could mean to farmers and the system as a whole.
Farmers, plant breeders and all industry stakeholders have until November 30, 2013 to post their comment regarding changes to the system.
To view the discussion points and four scenarios and to have your say in changes to Canada’s variety registration system, click here.