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The Seed Marketing Regulations (Northern Ireland) 2016

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Marketing seed of conservation varieties

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8.—(1) The Department may authorise the marketing of seed of a conservation variety in accordance with this paragraph.

(2) The seed must be of a variety listed as a conservation variety in the National List.

(3) The seed must be produced from a crop grown in the region of origin specified for the variety in the National List or as authorised by the Department.

(4) The seed may only be marketed and used in the stated region of origin.

(5) The total amount of seed marketed in any year must be limited in accordance with Article 14 of Commission Directive 2008/62/EC (which relates to agricultural conservation varieties) and Article 15 of and Annex I to Commission Directive 2009/145/EC (which relates to vegetable conservation varieties).

(6) Except in the case of seed of a vegetable conservation variety which is verified as standard seed, the seed must descend from seed produced according to well-defined practices for maintenance of the variety.

(7) In the case of beet seed, cereal seed, fodder plant seed and oil and fibre seed, the seed must comply with the requirements for certification of certified seed set out in Council Directive 2002/54/EC (beet seed), Council Directive 66/402/EEC (cereal seed), Council Directive 66/401/EEC (fodder plant seed) or Council Directive 2002/57/EC (oil and fibre plant seed) (as the case may be), except the requirements in respect of minimal varietal purity and examination.

(8) Vegetable seed must comply with—

(a)the requirements for certification of certified seed set out in Council Directive 2002/55/EC on the marketing of vegetable seed, except the requirements in respect of minimal varietal purity and examination; or

(b)the requirements for marketing of standard seed set out in that Directive, except the requirements in respect of minimal varietal purity.

(9) Seed of a conservation variety must have sufficient varietal purity.

(10) The seed must not be sold as loose seed under paragraph 25 of Schedule 3.

(11) The seed must be labelled with a supplier’s label or a printed or stamped notice which, in addition to complying with the applicable provisions of the paragraph of Part 4 of Schedule 3 which applies to the type of seed in question (except provisions specifying a colour of label)—

(a)contains—

(i)in the case of an agricultural conservation variety, the words “conservation variety”; or

(ii)in the case of a vegetable conservation variety, the words “certified seed of a conservation variety” or “standard seed of a conservation variety”;

(b)states the region of origin; and

(c)is coloured brown.

(12) In this paragraph “conservation variety” has the meaning given by regulation 2(1) of the Seeds (National Lists of Varieties) Regulations 2001.

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