A newly signed Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) between the American Seed Trade Association (ASTA) and the China National Seed Association (CNSA) is designed to promote cooperation relating to innovation in the seed industry, and ultimately help farmers feed a growing population.
“This agreement achieves two extremely important goals,” said ASTA President Andy LaVigne. “First, it is an important first step in providing new business opportunities for the world’s two largest seed industries; and second, it will ultimately work toward increased farmer productivity.”
The MOU reflects both parties’ desire to promote mutual interests through cooperation, information exchange and training in the areas of intellectual property rights, quality seed, science-based phytosanitary measures, seed movement and innovation in the seed industry on the basis of equality and mutual benefits.
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ASTA Chairman Blake Curtis calls the MOU “monumental.”
“Everything has to start somewhere and this is a great start,” said Blake, with Curtis and Curtis Seed Company of New Mexico. “China is a very aggressive force in our world today and we’re excited about the things they’ll be able to develop using the ideas we bring to the table.”
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