Plant breeders’ rights consultations started

The consultation phase on amendments to Plant Breeders’ Rights regulations has been launched.

The consultation includes increasing Canadian investment in cereals research.

“Everyone recognizes the need to invest in innovation in order to deliver new varieties,” said Todd Hyra, president of the Canadian Seed Trade Association. “In 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.”

Under the current system, public and private breeding programs are unable to recover the full cost of variety development, the Seed Synergy Partners group said in a news release.

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