Costa Rica: Seed Registration

Registration procedures have been updated for the commercialization of new seed varieties.

Friday, May 12, 2017

From a statement issued by the Ministry of Agriculture:

An executive decree recently published in La Gaceta, regulates the procedure for the registration of new varieties for commercialization, whose implementation, for 40 years, has been the responsibility of the National Seed Office (ONS by its initials in Spanish), in order to minimize the risks in Production and promote healthy trade among seed trading companies. The Decree is number 40300-MAG, published on April 26, of this year, in La Gaceta No. 78.

"The decree is in effect for marketing companies that work in the formal market and seeks to protect producers who acquire seeds in the agribusiness, guaranteeing that the variety they acquire has been previously evaluated, verifying their adaptation and behavior in the locations where they are going to be used," explained Walter Quirós, Executive Director of the ONS.

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Guatemala: Seeds Act

September 2012

The Ministry of Agriculture, Livestock and Food (MAGA) is promoting new legislation for the use of seeds.

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