Job offersmore »

Tweeting Growers

Top 5 - yesterday

  • No news has been published yesterday.

Top 5 - last week

Top 5 - last month

Exchange ratesmore »

"GSPP certification indispensable for any self-respecting breeder"

Good Seed and Plant Practices (GSPP), has become a leading global standard for secured hygiene in seed production and plant propagation. Since the introduction of the certification, an increasing amount of growers and propagators no longer want to work with a propagator or seed breeder that is not backed by GSPP. Reason for Turkish seed breeder Yuksel to become accredited. "GSPP certification is indispensable for any self-respecting breeder"."

"GSPP has become a very important standard that provides the industry security. Among others, it decreases the risk for infection and contamination of devastating diseases such as Clavibacter. As we are increasingly active in high value markets, we wanted to become GSPP-certified as soon as possible", said Yuksel's Ziya Yildiz. 

According to Yildiz, the GSPP certification is an important step for his group's activities in high tech markets in North America, Europe, North Africa and Turkey.

Ziya Yildiz, Ricardo Mendez and Tyler Clark of Yuksel Seeds

"Our seed breeding activities and seed production have always met the highest standards in terms of hygiene and safety, yet it is always good to attach a level of security to this in the form of the GSPP certification. Since we do not have any contract seed production, our customers already could rely on the quality and hygiene of our seed, which is produced within the ISO 9001 quality management system. With GSPP however, we can extend our full support and provide even more seed security to propagators and growers. It provides them with an extra insurance and service."

The breeder obtained certification this month, which makes them the first Turkish GSPP certified seed breeder.

"It is pretty unique to become the first certified company in Turkey, which is home to a large vegetable breeding industry. The certification will strengthen our position in our home market, but will even allow us to increase our business activities in North America."

Yuksel sees big chances for growth in this area. With Tyler Clark as their Canadian sales rep and Ricardo Mendez in Mexico, the company is gaining presence in the markets for not so ordinary fruits. Their beef tomatoes Quasimodo and Stealth are important players in the heirloom category, while the brown specialty Espresso is well represented too. Leading North American growers to grow these varieties today. 

"We are glad that we can now meet their requests for GSPP certified seeds. But also the propagators in B.C., Ontario and California will be very pleased with this. "

For more information:
Yüksel Tohum
Ziya Yildiz
T: +90 242 461 23 93
C: +90 532 414 00 17
F: +90 242 461 23 46

Publication date: 6/21/2017
Author: Boy de Nijs



Other news in this sector:

11/17/2017 Europe and China sign cooperation agreement on plant variety rights
11/16/2017 “With Caribbean, we want to offer retailers the same quality and flavour year round”
11/16/2017 US: ASTA calls for clarity on plant breeding innovation policy
11/15/2017 Seed sector renews commitment to genetic resources
11/15/2017 Global Plant Genetics introduces new berries at ExpoSE
11/15/2017 Controversy sparked in Armenia after US embassy promotes GMOs
11/14/2017 Hybrid purity testing of Brassica rapa using SSR marker technology
11/13/2017 Hong Kong: Tomatoes developed with enhanced antioxidant properties
11/13/2017 Abundant Produce launches skincare brand
11/9/2017 Frankenfood or the future of agriculture?
11/9/2017 Spain: Promotion of strategy for genetic improvement of horticultural varieties
11/9/2017 Video: Ed Currie breeds the hottest peppers in the world
11/9/2017 Bangladesh: Summer King tomato farming gets popular
11/8/2017 Artificial seeds: Even better than the real thing?
11/8/2017 Passing of "GMO Bill" sparks controversy in Uganda
11/8/2017 "We tune the breeding programmes to the entire chain"
11/6/2017 Syngenta obtains non-exclusive IP license for CRISPR-Cas9
11/1/2017 US (NC): NCBiotech Forum probes gene editing opportunities, challenges
10/30/2017 GSPP certification for Takii Europe
10/30/2017 NatureFresh and Eminent Seeds launch "world's smallest tomato"