In recent years, the development of the Chinese seed sector has gained importance. As the “foundation of agricultural modernization”, a seed industry based on national germplasm resources is seen as a crucial factor for food security. In light of a 95% self-sufficiency in homegrown seeds, the new objective “seed security” (种子安全) highlights the need for more advanced breeding methods to increase yields, while reducing the dependence on seed imports.
This brief provides an overview of recent policies aimed at strengthening the Chinese seed sector. It highlights the significance of national germplasm resource protection, modern breeding technology, and protection of plant variety rights.
Authors: LI Yumei (DCZ), Lea Siebert (DCZ)