[18 July / Farmers Weekly]

Policy makers are turning to breeder input on the revised Plant Variety Act to better protect breeders and their seed and germplasm. The problem is that the Government is expecting the experts to travel to Wellington and discuss the matters without being compensated for their travel or time. Tauranga germplasm import consultant and facilitator Andy Warren says the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment staff told him that Iwi would be paid to attend a meeting but he and his peers would not be paid on the grounds they are already rich enough. Up for review is the UPOV91 and the government will also have to ratify Treaty of Waitangi obligations relating to flora and fauna, known as the Wai 262 claim. The claim seeks to give iwi protection of intellectual property rights to native plants and animals.