In order to produce, process and/or trade seeds for sowing in the Republic of Cyprus the interested legal person needs to obtain a licence for seed production enterprise by the Department of Agriculture of the Ministry of Agriculture, Rural Development and Environment.
The term “seeds for sowing” covers seeds of cereals, fodder plants, oil and fiber plants, and vegetables species.
The licence for seed production enterprise can be granted to legal persons. Every legal person is eligible to obtain a seed production enterprise licence, provided that the Seed Control Sector is satisfied that the following criteria are fulfilled:
(a) Recruitment, on a full or part time basis, of an agriculturist who has graduated from a higher tertiary education or university institution;
(b) Attainment of facilities, either owned or rented for processing, standardizing, and packaging of seeds along with appropriate mechanical equipment according to the plant species involved.
The application form to Grant or to Renew the Licence for Seed Production Enterprise can be submitted either electronically through the PSC Cyprus or you can contact directly:
Plant Health and Marketing Standards of Agricultural Products Sector
Department of Agriculture
Ministry of Agriculture, Rural Development and Environment
Tel.: +357 22408648, +357 22466253
Fax: + 357 22343419
On site inspections are carried out in order to ensure that all the prerequisites, mentioned under “eligibility criteria” section, are met.
The applicant is informed regarding the authorisation decision within 3 months from the date that the application form and supporting documents were duly submitted; given that the above mentioned criteria are fulfilled and no changes are recommended. Upon approval, the applicant needs to pay the licence fee of €42,72 to the Department of Agriculture or to the District Agriculture offices (either by cheque or bank transfer).
The licence is valid for five years from the date of issue. The renewal fee is €42,72.
Obligations and Supervision
The licensed Operators of Seed Production Enterprise are obliged to comply with the provisions of the Seed Law of 1998, as periodically amended, as well as with the terms and conditions of the licence. Indicatively, they should maintain records relevant to the seeds production (for example data for the quantities of seeds produced, data regarding processing and packing of the seeds, data regarding repacking and data regarding seed mixtures).
Moreover, the Director of the Department of Agriculture has the right to examine, voluntarily or after a complaint is made, if someone contravenes or fails to comply with the prohibited or mandatory provisions of the relevant law and set out penalties according to the nature, duration and severity of the offence committed.
Any seed trader not satisfied by the Director’s decisions has the right, within a period of 21 days, to resort firstly to the Minister of Agriculture, Rural Development and Environment and in case, he/she is not satisfied by this decision, can make an appeal to the Supreme Court.