Further comments submitted by the African Centre for Biodiversity (ACB).

In November, the Department of Agriculture, Land Reform and Rural Development (DALRRD) hosted stakeholder consultations in Pretoria and Cape Town on the regulations of the Plant Breeders’ Rights (PBR) and Plant Improvement (PI) Acts.

The ACB was quick to accept the invitation to attend both consultations, where we made inputs in the plenary sessions and breakaway groups. This follows on from several years of engagement with both the PBR and PI Bills and Acts; for example, on the Acts in 2019 and on the Regulations in 2022.

Now, we have taken the opportunity to submit further comments, which can be read here.

Here are the papers we published in 2019, when the seed laws were approved: