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2018-08-09   13:23:13   INGLÉS
Seed of quality and an adequate regulation, key for agro-alimentary self-sufficiency

By Erick Galicia Lozano. Envoy

Los Cabos, BCS., Mexico, Aug. 9 (Notimex).- In order to ensure agri-food self-sufficiency, Mexico must have quality seeds and harmonized regulation that helps to have an efficient production and distribution.

The president of the Mexican Seed Association (AMSAC, for its acronym iN Spanish), Angel Saavedra, affirmed the above when inaugurating the AMSAC 2018 Convention, in Los Cabos, Baja California Sur.

In the opening ceremony, said to contribute to the food self-sufficiency, AMSAC relies on innovation, plant breeding and seed protection because it "will give us the quality that the producer looking for seeds."

He considered it necessary to harmonize with a regulation: "we need to have a favorable environment to move the seed, and achieve that the producers have all the conditions so that our organic seed system is accessible".

In addition, he added, we must seek that the seed reaches those who need it, as well as a system that allows an analysis of the pest risk to prevent production from being limited, just at a key moment in which demand will continue to increase.

He referred as an example Colombia, a country that has a regulation in innovation and plant improvement, and that seeks to favor the way in which the seed is improved for greater and better production.

This regulation establishes that when there is a new variety of seed, the interested party should ask the official institution to determine if it is conventional improvement or if it has to go to homogeneous regulation.

This regulation is carried out in Canada, Brazil, Chile and Argentina and Mexico is working to achieve efficient regulation and that the farmer has all the necessary tools to do their work and be competitive.

As hotbeds said, it is our duty to do so but in an efficient manner, and for this "we have to work with many institutions, so we need a strong Ministry of Agriculture, supported in fruit, vegetables, vegetable oil".

He recalled that Mexico exports a large amount of vegetables and agricultural products, and therefore "we need to move trade, the seed reaches quality and we do not have blocks that prevent us handle the seed."

He stressed that the obstacles faced by Mexico in this regard is the issue of "piracy", unfair competition and theft of seeds and inputs for production, hence a key strategy to address these dilemmas is the strategic union among the country's producers.

In this regard, he expressed confidence that during this meeting the strategies to be developed for the coming years will be consolidated.

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