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The obligation to use organic seed – farmers’ awareness

{Tool} The obligation to use organic seed – farmers’ awareness. Creator(s): Heining, Niels and Raaijmakers, Maaike. Issuing Organisation(s): Bionext. Liveseed Practice Abstract, no. 14. (2020)

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Target audience: farmers, certification bodies

EPrint Type:Practice tool
What problem does the tool address?:According to European organic regulations, organic farmers must use organic seed when available. The availability and specific rules for derogations differ per member state. In the Netherlands, farmers converting to organic farming are often not aware of these rules. This causes a relatively high number of deviations during control visits by the certifier.
What solution does the tool offer?:Biodatabase: In the Netherlands, the availability of organic seed and vegetative propagating material can be found on the Biodatabase1 managed by the Naktuinbouw. Seed suppliers must inform the Naktuinbouw about changes in their offer.
National Annex: The Netherlands is one of the countries that implemented a National Annex listing crops and sub-crops for which sufficient organic seed is available in their territory and thus no derogation is granted. Based on seed availability per crop, crops are put on category I. (no derogation), II.(derogation possible) or III. (general derogation). Expert groups, consisting of seed suppliers and farmers, advise the government each year on the category classification.
Derogations: Farmers that want to use conventional seed or vegetative propagating material must request a derogation at the national certifier Skal. The reasons for derogation and additional rules for vegetative propagating material can be found on the national organic seed database
Type of Practice Tool:Practice abstracts
Agrovoc keywords:
seed certification
Subjects: Values, standards and certification > Assessment of impacts and risks
Values, standards and certification > Regulation
Research affiliation: Netherlands > Other organizations
Horizon Europe or H2020 Grant Agreement Number:727230
Related Links:https://organic-farmknowledge.org/tool/39909
Project ID:ofk
Deposited By: Ortolani, Dr. Livia
ID Code:39910
Deposited On:24 May 2021 15:27
Last Modified:26 Oct 2022 13:41
Document Language:English, Dutch/Nederlands

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