Variety registration requires DUS and VCU testing which generally takes 2 to 3 years. Seeds of new varieties may only be commercialised after the variety is officially registered and placed on the variety list.
In order to start commercialisation immediately after variety registration it makes sense to begin seed production while the variety is still in the process of registration. This is especially necessary for species with a low multiplication factor (e.g. potato). For some species large scale processing trials are required before the introduction of a new variety (e.g barley, sugar beet). For these processing trials certain quantities of harvest material of the new variety need to be produced before the variety is finally registered.
Many countries (e.g. Germany, European Union) have such legislation in place.
According to Russian seed legislation only small quantities of trial seeds may be imported prior to variety registration. The seeds may only be used for official registration or private variety trials. The preparation of commercial seed production and the production of harvest material for large scale processing trials are not possible.
BDP asks for suitable provisions to be introduced into Russian seed legislation that enable the import of seeds and the preparation of commercial seed production as well as the production of harvest material for large scale processing trials while the variety is in the process of variety registration.
These provisions would accelerate the introduction of improved varieties into agricultural production to the benefit of farmers and agribusiness.
If the variety in the process of variety registration is not registered the harvest material cannot be used as reproductive material but must be disposed of for consumption purposes only.