Agriculture and Food Security>>Seed Bank


The 1st D-8 Agricultural Ministerial Meeting on Food Security held on 25-27 February 2009 in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, identified Seed Bank as one of areas under agricultural cooperation. The Meeting also agreed to establish Working Group on Seed Bank with the aim of achievement of the creation of seed banks to supply quality seeds.

The Meeting underlined that seed banks are important for maintaining the diversity of plant genetic resources. Land degradation, urban expansion, climate change and deforestation have resulted in the loss of fertile agricultural land and plant diversity thus increasing the risk of extinction for many plant species. Loss of wild crop relatives threatens food production because they contain genes for traits such as pest resistance and drought tolerance, which plant breeders can use to improve the performance of cultivated varieties. Among D-8 countries the diversity of plant genetic resources is immense. A coordinated and joint approach in creating seed banks in D-8 countries will bring many benefits to all countries and ensure useful plant resources can be shared for R&D so that quality seeds can be produced.  The Meeting adopted key strategic initiatives of the Group as follows:

•Establish modalities for downstream seed production through the establishment of National Seed Banks and a D-8 Umbrella Seed Bank

•Create collaborative research and development programmes between private and public sector organisations

•Standardise and harmonise seed certification and quality enforcement procedures among D-8 countries

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Subsequent to the KL Initiative, in the Seed Bank sub-sector, several meetings have been held by D-8 Organization as follows:

1)1st Working Commitee Meeting on the Establishment of D-8 Seed Bank, 21-24 July 2009, Izmir, Turkey.

D-8 Ministers of Agriculture Meeting on Food Security in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia on 25th -27th February 2009 has agreed to establish D-8 Seed Bank. It is also agreed that the activities for the establishment of D-8 Seed Bank would be leaded by Turkey in collaboration to Iran.

In Kuala Lumpur Meeting, to have a workshop for the establishment of modalities of a downstream tri-lateral seed bank was included as strategic initiatives. 
 
The Kuala Lumpur Meeting agreed on the following under the Priority Area 3 with the heading “The creation of seed banks to supply high quality seeds”:
Establish modalities for downstream seed production through the establishment of National Seed Banks and a D-8 Umbrella SeedBank.   
Create collaborative research and development programs between private and public sector organizations. 
Standardize and harmonize seed certification and quality enforcement procedures among D-8 countries.


2)2nd D-8 Working Group on the Establishment of D-8 Seed Bank, 16 May 2011, Tehran – Iran.

Some key highlights of this meeting are:

Turkey and Iran will prepare the draft of Project Topics and Outline on Seed Bank cooperation and circulate it through D-8 Secretariat to Member Countries.

The proposal for establishing regional seed bank prepared by Iranian delegation has been submitted to member delegations for their consideration/evaluation and they will express their viewpoints on it utmost at end of September 2011.

Turkey agreed to host the next meeting.

The delegates agreed to inform D-8 Secretariat about their country contact points.

3) 5th Agriculture Ministerial Meeting on Food Security held on 01-03 December 2014 in Istanbul, Turkey

6th Working Group on Seed Bank discussed and agreed on the followings:

-To establish D-8 Seed Bank: a seed bank project has already been prepared and proposed to D-8 Secretariat with an aim of providing funds.

-Further studies and workshops on seed and plant material registration and certification program needed including funds for the projects.


4th Working Group Meeting on  D-8 Seed Bank which was held on 3 October 2012 in Mataram, West Nusa Tenggara-Indonesia Member Countries agreed to the following events to be implemented before the next ministerial meeting. The detail will be discussed in the next working group meeting.


A.Exchange of Expert:


(1)Workshop on harmonization for the D-8 seed certification system

(2)Workshop on harmonization of the D-8 variety registration

(3)Workshop on ISTA rules, sanitary and phytosanitary


B.Genetic material and seed exchange:


(1)Harmonization of the evaluation method for breeding

(2)Construct Standard Rules for D-8 material transfer agreement (D-8 MTA).

(3)According to the result of constructation, germplasm exchange for research and  would be according to D-8 MTA

(4)Seed exchange of released varieties for adaptation trial according to consultation among D-8 member countries.


C.Establishment of the D-8 Seed Council





Bangladesh
Mr. Anwar Faruque
Additional Secretary & Director General (Seed Wing)
Ministry of Agriculture
Bangladesh Secretariat, Dhaka
Phone: +88-02 954 0120
Email: anwarfaruqebd@gmail.com

Egypt
Dr. Hanaiya El Itriby
Head of National Gene Bank
Phone: +202 35693248,
               +202 35693241
Fax:   +202 35693240
Email: elitriby.hanaiya@gmail.com 


Indonesia
Dr. Hasil Sembiring
Head of Research Center of Horticulture 
Indonesian Agency for Agricultural Research and Development
Tel/fax : (+62-251) 8312755
Email: h.sembiring60@yahoo.com 
 
Mr. Jarkasyi
Head of Department for Cooperation
Indonesian Agency for Agricultural Research and Development
Tel/fax : (+62-251) 8312755, mobile.+628161374092
Email : jarkasyi@yahoo.com 


Iran
Dr. Hassan Maddah Arefi
Head of Seed & Plant Certification and Registration Institute – SPCRI
Tel: +98 26 32741111
Fax: +98 26 32741112
Email: h.m.arefi@rfri-ae.ir  

Mr. Azizollah Shabani
Director, Department for Animal Nutrition, Ministry of Jihad-Agriculture
Email:  azshabani@yahoo.com  
Phone:  +98-21-64583912
Fax:      +98-21-88947153


Malaysia
Dr. Mohammed Selamat bin Madom
Head, Seed Unit
Malaysian Agricultural Research and Development Institute (MARDI), 
PO BOX 12301, General Post Office, 
50774 Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Tel. +603-8943 7464
Fax. +603-8943 7378
Email: msmadom@mardi.gov.my 


Dr. Mohd. Norowi bin Hamid
Director,
Strategic Resources Research Center
Malaysian Agricultural Research and Development Institute (MARDI), 
PO BOX 12301, General Post Office, 
50774 Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Tel. +603-8943 7388
Fax. +603-8943 7527
Email: norowi@mardi.gov.my 


Nigeria
Rev. Anthony Olatokun 
Director (NASC)
Email: sgnolatokun@yahoo.com  
Tel: 234-8054890860

Pakistan
Waiting for information


Turkey
Ali Osman Sarı
Deputy Director General
Tel. +90 312 315 7629
Fax. +90 312 343 2119
Email: aosari@tagem.gov.tr  

Isa Özkan
Head of Department
Tel. +90 312 315 5286
Fax. +90 312 315 26 98
Email: iozkan@tagem.gov.tr  


Meetings so far held:

-2nd Working Group Meeting on D-8 Seed Bank (16 May 2011, Tehran-Iran)

-3rd Working Group Meeting on D-8 Seed Bank (3-4 July 2012, Izmir – Turkey)

- 4th Working Group Meeting on  D-8 Seed Bank(3 October 2012, Mataram, West Nusa Tenggara-Indonesia)

-6th D-8 Working Group on Seed Bank ( 1 December 2014 in İstanbul, Turkey)