ESTA (European Seed Treatment Assurance) is a seed treatment certification system, audited by independent certification bodies.
ANOVE is the body responsible for managing ESTA certification in Spain for professional seed treatment facilities.
This new system is a milestone for the agricultural sector, as it will place processed seed of the highest quality on the market, as demanded by Spanish farmers.
According to official data from the Spanish Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Environmental Affairs, in Spain more than 157.000 hectares were used for seed production last season 2015/2016 and more than 445,000 tonnes of certified seed were sold.
Seed processing involves the use of high technology aimed at optimising crop treatments and protecting the seed and the plant more effectively. It also makes it easier and safer for the user to handle products and adapts to integrated pest management systems and the sustainable use of plant protection products.