In order to place on the market seeds for sowing in the Republic of Cyprus the interested person needs to obtain a license for seed marketing, 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.
Any legal or natural person is eligible to obtain a seed marketing license, provided that the Seed Control Sector is satisfied that the following criteria are fulfilled:
(a) Attainment of suitable storage premises, either owned or rented, according to the plant species involved;
(b) Recruitment of specialized technical staff according to the specific plant species involved;
(c)The seeds intended for marketing must comply with the provisions of the Seed (Cereals) Regulations of 2002, the Seed (Fodder Plants) Regulations of 2002, the Seed (Vegetables) Regulations of 2002 and the Seed (Oil and Fibre Plants) Regulations of 2002 as they are periodically ammended.
Obligations and Supervision
The licensed seed trader is 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, the licensed seed trader should maintain records relevant to the seeds traded; these records must be presented to the competent authority, upon request.
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.