Iran plans to introduce its certification system for the
indigenous and local varieties to other countries around the world.
According to the
information center of the ministry of Jihad-Agriculture, deputy director of
seed control and certification of the seed and seed certification research
institute told: Local and indigenous cultivars have a special place in
agricultural production, and aiming to preserve these cultivars and improve the
quality of their seed production is an important achievement for the country.
Samad Mobasser has
added: There is virtually no option in the world for seed certification of
native and local varieties, and we intended to introduce a limited
certification system for native and local varieties to other countries around
that indigenous and local varieties such as Tarom and Dilmani rice or Mashhad
melon have a privileged position in the country. Deputy of seed control and
certification of seed and seed certification research institute of the Ministry
of Jihad-Agriculture acknowledged that: The OECD (Organization for Economic
Cooperation and Development) has eight seed certification programs, and Iran
has been able to join six of those programs.
He added that OECD seed certificates are acceptable in
61countries, which are members of it, and mentioned that: by joining Iran in
two recent programs of the organization, OECD has eliminated one of the
obstacles to exporting the country's seed.