Operating a Seed Production Enterprise
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.
Who is Eligible
The licence for seed production enterprise can be granted to legal entities. 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.
Where to Apply
The application form to Grant or to Renew the Licence for Seed Production Enterprise can be submitted either 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
Which Certificates must be Submitted
On-site inspections are carried out in order to ensure that all the prerequisites, mentioned under “Who is Eligible” section, are met.
Fees Applicable & How to Pay
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 applicant is informed regarding the authorization 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.
Licence Validity Period
The licence is valid for five years from the date of issue. The renewal fee is €42,72.
Dispute with the Competent Authority's Decision
How to File an Administrative Action
Administrative Action Against a Competent Authority’s Decision
Any person may file an Administrative Action at the Administrative court against a decision, act or omission of any competent authority or body.
Pursuant to Article 146 of the Constitution, an Administrative Action may be lodged within 75 days from the date of the decision or act or omission or from the day when such decision or act or omission was notified to the applicant.
The Administrative Court acts as a cassation Court and not as a substantive Court. In other words, the Administrative Court may:
I. Dismiss the Administrative Action
II. Annul wholly or partially the contested decision or act
III. Compel the relevant authority or body to take a certain action
After a decision is annulled, the authority and/or public body must reverse things back to the state prior to when the concerned decision and/or act was executed and reexamine.
How to Appeal
An Appeal may be filed against the Administrative Court’s first-instance decision within a period of 42 days from the date such decision was given.
At the Supreme Court (Court of Appeal Section) hearing, the contested issue of the appeal remains the legality of the decision or act already adjudicated for. However, such revision of the legality of the decision or act is solely examined on the matters and the extent that the two parties have limited the reasons in the relevant notice of appeal.
The decision adopted by the Supreme Court is considered final in relation to the matter that has been judged.
Legislation & Obligations
Which Laws and Regulations Apply
What are my Obligations
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.