[NAFEX] Availability of grafting wood from government repositories

Dan Nave nave1 at comcast.net
Fri Apr 2 23:58:52 EDT 2010

Check the treaty to see if the terms "farmers" and "plant breeders" are 
defined in the document. 
If they are, it may give you backing to show that you fit the criteria 
of a legitimate farmer or plant breeder.


david.maxwell at dal.ca wrote:
> My official did indeed cite the International Treaty as justification 
> for his position.  I have responded to him that this very treaty 
> _mandates_ provision of germplasm to the amateur group, (at least if 
> it is not available commercially),  insofar as the wording is:
>  " The Treaty aims at:
> # recognizing the enormous contribution of farmers to the diversity of 
> crops that feed the world;
> # establishing a global system to provide *farmers*,(my emphasis), 
> plant breeders and scientists with access to plant genetic materials;
> He has not responded as yet.  Unfortunately I am not sure the 
> background in our case is as simple as a bureaucratic interpretation 
> of the wording of a treaty, and I am not sure that rational argument 
> is going to carry any weight.  Interestingly the Canadian authorities 
> required that I sign a Standard Material Transfer Agreement, but 
> seemed to regard this as nothing more than a bureaucratic formality, 
> rather than a real obstacle.
> >
> > Concerning David's encounter with officialdom, I regret to inform him 
> that the situation is similar
> > here in the UK.
> > My take on is that it stems from a desire to raise monies, akin to 
> plant breeders rights, to fund
> > projects. Their take is that it is a result of supporting "the 
> International Treaty on Plant Genetic
> > Resources for Food and Agriculture" ( details being found at 
> http://www.planttreaty.org ) resulting
> > in the establishment of a piece of legalese the Standard Material 
> Transfer Agreement.
> > I have been in the process of developing a 300 apple cultivar 
> collection which was to be grown at
> > three sites, three trees being grafted from one piece of graftwood, 
> in order to remove scion wood
> > variation. At the moment the project is stalled as I am not able to 
> sign up to the long list of
> > conditions.
> > As the collections, here in the UK, and I am sure in many other parts 
> of the world, are government
> > funded, it does seem a shame that they have found a way to stop 
> amateur growers propagating
> > trees and going on to breed new cultivars. Especially considering 
> that many heritage cultivars
> > are either chance seedlings or the result of keen amateurs breeding 
> efforts.
> > My hopes are that this is a new programme and the authorities are 
> feeling their way through it. My
> > hope is that common sense will prevail. Or is that just a pipe dream?
> > Clifford Cain
> > Doncaster, UK
> > Where pears are starting to break bud
> >
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