BANGKOK: With issues related to intellectual property rights (IPR) becoming center stage in agriculture business the world over, their relevance and significance for the seed industry is also growing.
However, understanding of the implications for the seed business is still limited in the Asia Pacific, where most seed enterprises are small and medium sized businesses.
Hence, there remains much need for attention and brevity on the subject. At each of the recent Asian Seed Congresses, APSA has endeavored to educate and update its members with the recent international guidelines and norms in this regard.
At APSA’s IPR & Biodiversity Standing Committee meeting, which will convene 1.30-4pm on November 15 as part of the upcoming Asian Seed Congress 2017, three expert speakers will lead discussions on these important subjects for the benefit of APSA members.
Dr. Arvind Kapur, Managing Director of Acsen HyVeg Private Limited, a leading Indian vegetable seed company will discuss the relevance of farm saved seeds in the context of commercial seed business and the international IP regulated regime.
Dr Kapur – who is a seed industry veteran with three decades of experience of seed business, and also Chair of the APSA Standing Committee on IPR & Biodiversity – will explain the role of private sector in enhancing the seed business in the last three decades and adherence and compliance with the international legislations governing use of farm saved seeds under their Farmers’ Rights / Farmers’ Privileges clauses.
Next, Ms. Anke van den Hurk, Deputy Director of PLANTUM, the Dutch Association for Seed & Planting Material will present an overview of the current status of several important international IPR treaties and legislations and the consequences for the seed companies.
Anke van den Hurk
AT PLANTUM, Ms van den Hurk is responsible for vegetable seeds, international corporate social responsibility and biodiversity discussions, and represents the seed sector in international meetings of Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD), International Treaty on Plant Genetic Resources for Food & Agriculture (ITPGRFA), the Nagoya Protocol, and activities involved in the implementation of these international agreements.
The session will conclusion with a presentation on the IPR perspectives of the APSA Vegetable Seed Crop Production Best Practices Guidelines by Mr. Michel Devarrewaere, Vice President, East West Seed Co. and the Chair of the APSA Special Interest Group on Vegetables & Ornamentals.
The session will convene 1.30-4pm on November 15 in the Sala Thai Ballroom at the Marriott Marquis in Bangkok.
Organized by APSA in different host countries in the region every year, the Asian Seed Congress is the most significant seed industry event of its kind, attracting more than 1,000 seed executives, regulators and researchers from across the globe.
This year marks the 24th edition of the event. Click here for full programme of ASC 2017.
Technical Sessions that have been confirmed are as follows:
- SC Seed Technology
- SC Trade & Marketing
- SIG Vegetables and Ornamentals
- IPR & Biodiversity
- Cover Crops