Beet, Fodder, Oil & Fibre and Vegetables

The Herbage & Vegetable Crops Section at SASA advises UK Government Departments on a range of plant variety and seeds matters and undertakes statutory work in variety registration, certification. Variety Certification, and supporting functions are outlined below in more detail. 

ADVICE AND LIAISON WITH UK GOVERNMENT DEPARTMENTS

The section advises and liases with the Scottish Government Policy Branches and other UK departments on aspects of certification, enforcement, seeds regulations, and related plant varieties and seeds matters.

Section staff represent the interests of both the UK and Scotland at EU and other international meetings.

For further information contact Kevin O'Donnell

SEED CERTIFICATION AND ENFORCEMENT OF SEEDS REGULATIONS

The section is responsible for the certification of seed of all species covered by the Beet, Fodder, Oil and Fibre, and Vegetable Seeds Regulations in Scotland.

The main crops grown for seed in Scotland include Field Peas, Field Beans, Timothy, Perennial Ryegrass, Oil Seed (Swede and Turnip) Rape and various other Brassica species.

Scientific advice and support is provided to the Scottish Government on enforcement of non-cereal seeds regulations.

Advice on the above Seeds regulations are provided to the industry

For further information contact George Campbell

SEED SAMPLING: TRAINING AND LICENSING

The section organises seed sampling training courses for the seed trade and the Scottish Government officials, and it administers and maintains the register of licensed and official seed samplers in Scotland.

For further information contact Russell Thomson 

GUIDANCE

Seed Legislation, Conservation Variety definition, Mixtures for Environmental Use & Waste Seed.