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    Global scholars discuss plant varieties protection in Sanya

    ehainan.gov.cn | Updated: 2021-03-24

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    The 2021 China Seed Congress and the Nanfan Agricultural Silicon Valley Forum opens on March 20 in Sanya. [Photo/Hainan Daily]

    Experts, scholars, and business representatives from the seed industry have gathered at the 2021 China Seed Congress and the Nanfan Agricultural Silicon Valley Forum to exchange views on new plant varieties protection and innovation. 

    Peter Button, deputy secretary-general of the International Union for the Protection of New Varieties of Plants, said in an online video at the congress that China has become the largest new plant variety application country, with over 8,000 new plant varieties having been approved, showing the country's growing awareness on new plant variety protection.

    Hainan should put forward three innovative approaches, system innovation, technological innovation, and mechanism innovation, said Yang Xiongnian, director of the Science and Technology Development Center for the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Affairs at the event.

    Yang added that Hainan should formulate regulations on new varieties protection in the Hainan Free Trade Port, explore mechanisms for fast testing and review of new plant variety, as well as establish one-stop services for case acceptance and review, internationally-recognized reports, and intellectual property rights protection.

    The seed industry has entered a new development stage driven by independent innovation, which is of fundamental and decisive significance for promoting high-quality agricultural development and safeguarding national food security, said He Xiaorong, vice president of the Supreme People's Court. 

    The Supreme Court will protect independent innovation in the seed industry in accordance with the law and safeguard national food security. In addition, the trials of new plant varieties cases will be improved to provide a strong judicial guarantee for the seed industry's independent innovation, He added.

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