Mis­sion to un­lock the po­ten­tial of ge­net­ics

The Western Star - - RURAL WEEKLY -

THE World Seed Congress was held in Bris­bane last week, at­tract­ing 1200 del­e­gates from 64 coun­tries.

The congress was pre­sented by the In­ter­na­tional Seed Fed­er­a­tion (ISF).

Sec­re­tary-gen­eral Michael Keller said ISF’s strate­gic ob­jec­tives and vi­sion were work­ing to­wards a world where the best qual­ity seed was ac­ces­si­ble to all.

“Through its po­si­tions, ISF is able to take a clear stance on key in­dus­try is­sues and drive them at an in­ter­na­tional level. To­gether with its mem­bers, na­tional seed as­so­ci­a­tions, ISF is pro­mot­ing pol­icy de­ci­sions that af­fect the whole seed in­dus­try,” Mr Keller said.

The congress ex­plored is­sues such as un­lock­ing the po­ten­tial of ge­netic re­sources to pro­duce more with less, and the need to an­tic­i­pate the role and im­pact of our prod­ucts to en­sure farm­ing sys­tems were more re­silient and more sus­tain­able than ever be­fore

As­sis­tant Min­is­ter to the Australian Prime Min­is­ter, Se­na­tor James McGrath, also ad­dressed the congress at its open­ing cer­e­mony.

“The re­spon­si­bil­ity for de­liv­er­ing higher yields and more nu­tri­tious food rests on the in­no­va­tion that the seed in­dus­try brings to world food pro­duc­tion,” he said.

PHOTO: KIR­ILI LAMB

SEED AC­CES­SI­BIL­ITY: The World Seed Congress was held in Bris­bane last week.

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