Seed China News 1508(12 issues per year)

Date: 2015-09

“In 2010, the Standing Committee of the National People’s Congress of the People’s Republic launched an investigation on revising Seed Law of People’s Republic of China (the seed law);

In Jan. 2014, the government solicited opinions from the public on how to revise the seed law;

In June 2014, the draft to the seed law was released and published on the official network of the National People’s Congress of the People’s Republic of China and the government solicited opinions on the draft.

After five years鈥檈ffort, the revision on the seed law finally coming to an end and it is expected to be launched at the end of 2015. However, the revised law fails to meet people鈥檚 expectation because the crop variety verification system is not abolished. It should be abolished.

On 17 Aug., 2015, the Ministry of Agriculture of the People’s Republic of China issued the On Further Improve and Perfect the Variety Test Verification System Notice (exposure draft), which signifies that the reform on variety verification system is on the agenda. Accordingly, China’s government planned to reform the variety verification system step by step. CCM believes that it cannot completely solve the current problems of China’s seed industry and if the system cannot be abolished this time, it will need another 15 years to finish the reform. ”

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