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.
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.