ISF Secretary General Michael Keller visited the Board meeting of Seed Association of Ukraine

The Board Meeting of Seed Association of Ukraine took place in Kyiv today, January 27, 2017. This event was visited by the honorary guest, Michael Keller, Secretary General of the International Seed Federation. Head of the ISF delivered a report on the activities of the federation, collaboration with Seed Association of Ukraine and urgent issues of the international seed industry.

International Seed Federation is a voice of more than fifty national associations and at represents the interests of over 7,500 companies.

Commenting on the development of the seed industry the expert highlighted that this industry is highly regulated, that’s why it is so important for market players to act together in addressing specific issues. Michael Keller also noted that the seed market shows growth, in 20 years its volumes of trade have significantly increased, and the market itself, that in 2014 amounted to 50 billion USD, is projected to reach 78 billion USD within a few years.

During his dialogue with the representatives of Seed Association of Ukraine Secretary General of the International Seed Federation emphasized on supporting Ukrainian seed industry. The following topics have been discussed with Michael Keller: extension of participation of Ukraine in the new OECD Schemes for the Varietal Certification of Seeds, prevention of illegal seed practices, introduction of plant breeding innovation, establishing system of royalty collection on seeds in Ukraine and participation of Seed Association in the international events organized by the ISF.