Online conference "Online Seed Forum - 2021"
Mar 11, 2021

Pandemic tests seed industry for stability and ability to adapt to new realities - ISF




The pandemic of COVID-19 tests seed industry for stability and ability to adapt to new realities and unexpected conditions, said General Secretary of International Seed Federation (ISF), Michael Keller within Online Seed Forum-2021 on March 11.

The first challenge for the whole market was the closure of borders in March 2020. It raised huge concerns about seed provision, as there was supposition that COVID-19 could spread with goods traded.

“It was very important to solve the problem with seed supply to many countries as soon as possible. There were risks of failure of planting campaigns in some countries, there were problems with seed transportation. However, many seed companies managed to beat all challenges, there was a constant dialogue between countries allowing easing of pandemic influence and quarantine restrictions on seed market, including seed trade”, - he said.

Today, global seed trade is growing. Many countries try to accumulate bigger stocks that should affect seed production as well. Over the last 20 years, the global seed market increased by 10 times.

“We should remember that no one country is able to cover fully the needs of its farmers. That promotes seed trade”, - the expert pointed out.

M.Keller added that the pandemic affected in some way on food rituals of people all over the world. People now pay more attention to food quality, its production process.  

“Seed are the most important moment for production of high-quality food. People now want to know more about seed origin. We understand the need to increase the investments into healthy food, research and development of seed, innovation in gene engineering even today”, - M.Keller pointed out.

ISF was founded in 1924. It is the voice of private seed sector in the world. Seed Association of Ukraine is a member of ISF. Today, ISF includes 7.5 thsd members, including breeders, producers and traders, representatives of local and regional cooperatives and national associations.

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