15 August 2022, China: The Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Affairs has selected dozens of seed industry enterprises and organizations to provide support for efforts to further cultivate the country’s seed sector.
According to a notice published on Aug 4, 69 crop seed companies, 86 domestic animal and fowl genetic resources companies and 121 centered on aquatic germplasm resources were chosen from more than 30,000 companies nationwide to pioneer China’s seed industry vitalization.
The move is a key step in the nation’s efforts to achieve self-reliance in seed technology and ensure that its germplasm resources are independent and controllable, the notice said.
It stressed the importance of using resources, technologies, talent and capital to develop a cluster of leading companies with core research and development abilities that can boost industrial development and compete on the world stage.
The ministry also required local agricultural authorities to help the chosen enterprises solve their problems in a timely manner, study and introduce preferential policies for their development and crack down on illegal activities that infringe on their intellectual property rights.