Asian Seed Congress 2017 Standing Committee: Trade & Marketing Meeting

 

Mr. David Callachor of Limagrain Group

Recognising the growing importance of Thailand as a seed industry hub, the first of seven technical sessions at the Asian Seed Congress 2017 explored seed business opportunities and challenges in the kingdom. The meeting was on November 14, 2017.

The lead presentation, “Opportunities for the Seed Industry in Thailand”, was delivered by Mr. David Callachor, the Group Sales & Marketing Manager for South East Asia for Seed Asia Limagrain Group. Mr. Callachor said that Thailand was the second largest economy in ASEAN, and imported and exported a lot of vegetable and field crop seeds to many countries across the region and beyond. Thailand has developed various strategies for sustaining new seed business investments. The country’s vast seed production, breeding and processing infrastructure as well as most of its seed companies being conservative of GMO use, along with Thailand’s UPOV-aligned PVP policies, have greatly enhanced the nation’s competitiveness in the seed industry.

Panel (from left), Dennis Johnson, ASN Reddy; Toyoharu Fukuda; Liyang Zhang and Dr. Gabriel Romero.

The next session was a Round Table on “International Standards for Phytosanitary Measures 38 (ISPM 38): International Movement of Seeds”. The Round Table was convened and coordinated by Mr. Dennis Johnson, Seed Health Manager at the International Seed Federation (ISF).

Four panelists represented National Seed Associations (NSAs): from China – Mr. Liyang Zhang (China National Seed Association); India – Mr. ASN Reddy (National Seed Association of India); Japan – Mr. Toyoharu Fukuda (Japan Seed Trade Association) and Philippines – Dr. Gabriel Ortega Romero (Philippines Seed Industry Association). They discussed how NSAs could assist with national governments’ efforts in the implementation of vital international guidelines. They felt that as the industry strives to produce and export high quality seeds, it could help governments’ efforts at pest risk assessment through better engagement. It was stressed that many of the government agencies in the region do not have adequate resources to carry out such assessments or to take steps to create awareness about important new guidelines, either in the industry or among government agencies. Capacity building exercises, using instruments like the ISF Training Guidelines on ISPM, will go a long way to ensuring safe movement of seeds across borders and could help boost the trade in the region.

 

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