Seed is the most important input in crop production
The Department of Agriculture, Food & the Marine, plant breeders and their agents work continuously to trial and evaluate hundreds of varieties annually. The seed evaluation & certification division produce annual recommended lists of varieties following their trialing and analysis.
We recommend the use of Certified Seed. The use of farm saved seed (FSS) carries unnecessary risk for farmers. The Department and the PVDO also facilitate farmer’s right to save their own seed.
Certified Seed is the cornerstone of many farming operations and various food and beverage industries.
The cost of certified seed includes a full rate contribution to plant breeders ensuring development of new varieties for the future.
For more information on certified seed, please visit the Irish Seed Trade Association website >>
Importing or Buying Imported Certified Cereal Seed
If you look at importing seed or buying imported seed, you should be aware of the standards of certified seed in the country of origin. Irish certified seed has a voluntary zero tolerance for several invasive weeds that may have a tolerance level in other countries. Home saving imported seed increases the associated risks.
Farm Saving Seed
If you choose to save your own seed you should be aware of seed health and risks and you should closely monitor and control weeds in seed and crops that may spread from your fields to others.
Further information on farm saving seed is available by reading the rates and processing sections.
Please note that PVDO will audit annually a number of farmers to ensure they have either declared use of their own Farm Saved Seed or have proof of use of certified seed. Compliance with all seed related legislation is enforced to support the work of plant breeders and their agents in developing new varieties to improve yield, disease resistance and mitigate the loss and reduction in chemical inputs required now and into the future.