Liveseed project: a new router database connects Member States’ organic seed databases (IT)

26/03/2021
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According to Art. 26 of the Reg. (EU) 2018/848 the EU Member states need to establish a national database listing all offered organic seed and seed potatoes. Seed offers not registered in national databases are considered "unavailable" and derogations for farmers can be granted to use untreated conventional seeds. The European Union will phase out these derogations by 2036, thus organic seed supply needs to increase considerably, and more offers must be available in the national databases. Seed companies willing to sell in other Member States face high administrative burdens and language barriers in adding their offer to different national databases. In the framework of the Horizon 2020 funded LIVESEED project, FiBL-Germany developed the EU-wide router database.

"The router database will allow entering seed offers in national databases from one single account. Farmers across Europe will have access to a wider assortment of organic seed varieties in their national databases. User guides for seed suppliers and national authorities are available in English and will be translated in several European languages." says Xenia Gatzert, who was involved in the development.

The router database is open to all interested parties and offers information on:

  • Registered seed suppliers,
  • Links to national organic seed databases,
  • Organic production regulations, and
  • Information to public-funded projects in the organic seed and breeding sector.

Online trainings for national competent authorities will take place on 26th April from 14-16am, for seed supplier on 28th April from 10-12am. If you would like to participate, please send a mail for registration for the respective training to Xenia.Gatzert@fibl.org. Authorities will receive login-data before the training via mail, seed supplier can create an account themselves by visiting www.seeds4organic.eu.

Source: FIBL

 

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