The Seed Association of the Americas (SAA), together with the Plant Health Committee of the Southern Cone (COSAVE), have been working since the end of 2020 on the implementation of a Pilot Plan for a Systems Approach in corn seed. In this instance, it is being evaluated for experimental seed and at the intra-regional level, to later evaluate this system at the commercial seed level.
This initiative arises within the framework of the agreement between the SAA and COSAVE to promote the implementation of equivalent and harmonized phytosanitary measures for the exchange of seeds at the regional level, with the aim of improving public-private articulation.
The Plan will make it possible to certify shipments considering the practices applied by the industry in all stages of seed production for experimental purposes, as an alternative measure to laboratory analysis that implies the destruction of seeds of high genetic value, thus reducing costs and time. of analysis. It will also contribute to effective pest risk management.
In this sense, in the month of August, a workshop will be held in Brasilia between the SAA and COSAVE, where documents that are being prepared by the professionals who participate in the working groups specially formed for this task will be presented.
The Workshop aims to generate a space for exchange between SAA representatives and COSAVE delegates for the agreement of this Pilot Plan. Likewise, a visit to production facilities is planned in order to learn in situ the experimental seed production processes.