China and New Zealand discuss cooperation on new plant varieties

In November 2020, the Agricultural Intellectual Property and New Plant Variety Rights Protection Seminar was held in Shanghai. Leading IP experts were discussing topical problems concerning new varieties of plants. One point on the agenda was a possible future cooperation between China and New Zealand in new varieties of plants.

New Zealand kiwifruit company Zespri is said to launch a three-year trial program growing kiwi’s and promoting authorized plantations in Sichuan province. The vendor indicated that during the first year of the trial program, the company would gather an expert council consisting of Chinese scientists, scholars, and practitioners. The expert council aims to share experience and knowledge and set standards for the trial program.

Zespri CEO Daniel Mathieson said that the trial program had numerous advantages. He said Zespri and Chinese kiwi companies will improve the quality of products and increase income. Also, the authorized kiwi growth in China will encourage local companies to apply the latest innovations. Thirdly, it is hoped that there will be support from the Chinese government in the domain of new varieties of plants.


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