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Seed trade says thanks to Gerry Ritz

On behalf of the board of directors and the members of the Canadian Seed Trade Association (CSTA), I would like to thank you for taking the time from your busy schedule to speak to delegates at our semi-annual meeting. Your comments were welcomed and appreciated.

Your steadfast support of science as the basis for regulatory and trade decisions is sincerely appreciated. Like the Government of Canada, CSTA strongly believes that it is in Canada’s best interests to have clear, predictable and effective regulatory and trading systems that:

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  •  Assure the highest level of safety for consumers;
  •  Contribute to the sustainability of our natural environment and our economy;
  •  Ensure timely access to the latest innovative technologies to maintain and increase competitiveness;
  •  Maintain and attract research and innovation to Canada.

Your commitment to continue your work to create a regulatory and policy environment that will foster innovation and enable and encourage investment in plant breeding, research and development to bring the best to our farmers is also appreciated.

Particularly, we heartily welcomed your commitment to bring Canada’s Plant Breeders’ Rights Legislation in line with the rest of the world with amendments to conform to the UPOV convention of 1991.

Your statement that legislation will be introduced in the winter session of Parliament was very good news for our members and for the Canadian crop sector. We are confident that this will help to increase domestic investment in plant breeding, but will also give our members and the farmers they serve access to innovative varieties from around the world. CSTA is absolutely committed to supporting you and the Government of Canada as the legislation makes its way through the parliamentary process.

CSTA appreciates the government’s investment in our efforts to open and maintain trade in seed around the world. The contribution through the AgriMarketing Program of Growing Forward 2 will help us to continue our work with our international partners to reduce tariff and non-tariff barriers to trade in seed.

Thank you for challenging our members to be bold and to think big. We are committed to contributing to the development of a revitalized variety registration system for Canada that will help to drive innovation and success.

Once again, we thank you for taking the time to meet with us. CSTA and its members look forward to continuing our productive working relationship with you and your staff.

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