All involved in the seed industry must do more to protect the future, according to Chris Guest, Chairman of the Agricultural Industries Confederation’s (AIC) seed sector.
Speaking at the Annual AIC Seed Trade Dinner in London Mr Guest outlined how the past year had seen a number of challenges, in particular the loss of seed treatments.
“We must all do more to protect the industry that we form part of. We must learn to be proactive, rather than re-active in terms of promoting the good that we do, whether this is through modern plant breeding technologies and methods or through seed treatments; even right back to the basics of feeding the population.”
“It takes years and huge investments from breeders and chemical companies alike to bring products to market. We must champion these products, but also champion good stewardship, rather than sitting back and assuming that things will go on as normal.”
AIC has pledged to continue in playing an important role in lobbying on behalf of the seed sector and working with other bodies including BSPB, CLA and NFU in Brussels and with the devolved governments.