Major revisions to China’s Seed Law began Friday [30 October 2015] to better regulate the industry, which is second only to the United States. A draft amendment to the Seed Law was submitted to the top legislature for a second reading at the start of the bimonthly session of the Standing Committee of the 12th National People’s Congress. The meeting will last from Friday to Wednesday. Under the amendment, barriers will be removed for those applying for a seed production and trade license, the government hopes to stimulate innovation at the industry-level so China can compete with foreign seed giants…Full Article: The Global Times Oct 2015
- The draft seed law amendment would increase the penalties for distributors/sellers of counterfeit or substandard seeds and allow buyers to seek compensation from both distributors and producers.
- In February 2013, China launched a crackdown on the distribution of counterfeit seeds and other fake agricultural products.
- In 2012, a crackdown on counterfeit seeds and other fake agricultural inputs in China netted 33,000 MTs of substandard/fake agricultural inputs.