National Quality Assurance

National governments want to ensure that farmers are receiving high quality seed from the formal and intermediate sectors, yet often do not i) have proper regulations in place, and/or (ii) do not implement or assure implementation of their existing regulations well, resulting in low quality seed for farmers.

Vision of a healthy system: . Vision of a healthy system: Farmers have confidence that formal and intermediate sector seed in the market meets labelled quality standards, and actively patronize the brands with the highest quality seed of the varieties they want to plant. Seed companies work to exceed quality standards, and view the regulator as their partner in this quest.
Effective government/regulatory Quality Assurance will incorporate the following:
Basis of comparison:. Best practice standards for seed quality and phytosanitary testing (ISTA, OECD where applicable), plus best practice standards for a customer-focused sector.