Cotton planting seed bears now a standardised name

Cotton planting seed bears now a standardised name

A recent ICAC International Cotton Association Committee survey in 36 cotton planting countries there were reported 11 different names used for the first category of seed. Now there is a newly created standardisation of nomenclature in cotton planting seed

The survey showed also that an even greater number of names are applied for seed produced in the second category, and multiple additional names are commonly applied to seed in subsequent categories. The profusion of labels inhibits cooperation among breeders and ads to the complexity of the production and marketing of seed.

The latest Plenary Meeting of ICAC on September 29 to October 4, 2013 in Cartagena, Colombia, approved a recommendation from the Secretariat to use a standard nomenclature in identifying cottonseed by category, however without covering issues of seed purity, germination and certification standards left to national discretion. ICAC is neither a regulatory, nor enforcement body, but it facilitates industry improvement by showcasing best practices suitable for national adoption and based on common agreement.

The nomenclature now approved by governments for cottonseed is as follows:

  • Breeder Seed produced or supplied by breeders for multiplication purposes only. Seed may be multiplied by the public or private sectors, but always under the supervision of a breeder. Breeder supervision will constitute certification, if required.
  • Foundation Seed produced from Breeder Seed. Foundation seed will be used to multiply varieties to supply growers with certified planting seed. External certification by a neutral or self-certification will be mandatory. Purity must be at least 99 %.
  • Certified Seed produced from Foundation Seed that will be supplied to growers.
  • Registered Seed produced from Certified Seed by a farmer under his/her own supervision for self-planting or supply to other farmers. Registered Seed should carry the label “not certified”.
  • Commercial Seed not recommended for planting. Commercial seed will usually go to oil production and livestock feed.

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