Conflict broke out in Paraguayan agriculture due to a project that aims to end the use of own seed

Published Jun 19, 2024

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Paraguay has joined the OECD seed certification scheme, enabling its soybean and wheat seeds to meet international standards and access broader markets. However, a proposed draft law by Senave to end the 'own use' of seeds has caused significant unrest in the agroindustrial sector. Key agricultural organizations argue that the draft criminalizes farmers for using their own seeds and infringes on their rights, leading to calls for boycotts and a statement from the Paraguayan Chamber of Exporters and Marketers of Cereals and Oilseeds urging the withdrawal of the draft to prevent market disruptions.
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Paraguay recently achieved accession to the seed certification scheme of the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD), after having approved all the requirements established by the international organization. The director of Seeds of Paraguay, Santiago Benítez, highlighted the importance of the achievement for the country and pointed out that the acceptance will allow the production of soybean and wheat seeds under an international certification framework. “Having achieved the adhesion of our country to the OECD seed scheme will allow Paraguayan production of these items to have an expanded market in demanding countries that operate with international certification,” Benítez highlighted in a statement. However, along with that news, a draft project appeared, promoted by technicians from the National Service for Plant and Seed Quality and Health (Senave), which proposes ending the practice of “own use” established in the current Seed Law No. 385. /1994. The ...
Source: Agromeat
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