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Decree Law No. 116/2017


Publication: Republic Diary No. 175/2017, Series I of 2017-09-11
  • Issuer: Agriculture, Forestry and Rural Development
  • Diploma Type: Decree Law
  • Number: 116/2017
  • Pages: 5351 - 5361

Summary in plain english

What is it?

This decree-law:

  • indicates new seed varieties of fodder species which can be produced and certified for commercial purposes
  • introduces new examination rules for registering new varieties in the National Catalogue of Varieties of Agricultural and Horticultural Plant Species.

To this end, it introduces into Portuguese law the following European directives:

  • implementing directive 2016/1914 on the examination of certain varieties of agricultural and horticultural plant species
  • implementing directive 2016/2109 on the inclusion of new species and the botanical name Lolium x boucheanum Kunth.

Fodder plant species are plants that are used as forage for livestock. They can be, for example, oats, peas, broad beans or clover.

The National Catalogue of Varieties of Agricultural and Horticultural Plant Species defines the plants that can be sold for cultivation.

What will change? New rules for the examination of agricultural and horticultural species

Changes will be made to annexes I and II of the National Catalogue of Varieties of Agricultural and Horticultural Plant Species. These changes concern the examinations that determine which varieties of agricultural and horticultural species can be introduced in the catalogue and sold for cultivation.

These annexes define the species with varieties to be examined according to:

  • testing protocols of the Community Plant Variety Office
  • the principles of the International Union for the Protection of New Varieties of Plants.

The changes affect:

  • some of the species subject to examination and protocols to be followed
  • the characteristics that have to be examined
  • minimum conditions for the examination of certain species.

Amendments to annexes I and II will only apply to examinations of varieties of species that begin after this decree-law comes into effect.

New rules for production and certification of seeds of fodder species

Annex IV to the National Catalogue of Varieties of Agricultural and Horticultural Plant Species defining the rules for production and certification of seeds of fodder species is amended.

  1. New species of fodder plants have been added.
  2. The botanical name of the species Lolium x boucheanum Kunth (known as ryegrass) changes to Lolium x hybridum Hausskn, in order to comply with the designation adopted by the International Seed Testing Association.
What are its benefits?

This decree-law is intended to:

  • ensure that the varieties of plants included by Member States in their national catalogues comply with the rules established by the Community Plant Variety Office and the International Union for the Protection of New Varieties of Plants
  • allow new mixtures of fodder plant seeds, which help create sustainable, productive and biodiversity-rich pastures and crops
  • ensure that national law in this area complies with European Union law.
When does it come into effect?

This decree-law comes into effect the day after being published.

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