SOME INTERESTING INFORMATION

  • More than 10% of plant breeding sector turnover is reinvested in R&D. In strategic sectors such as vegetable breeding, this percentage doubles up to exceed 20%.
  • This is the industry that places its bets on R&D the most, over sectors such as the pharmaceutical sector, automobiles, aerospace industry, information technology, etc. In the case of winter wheat, the R&D investment amounts to 24%.
  • The average cost for putting a new plant variety on the market is 1 to 1.5 million €, and it takes 10 or 12 years to do so.
  • It is expected that in 2050, 10% of the total population will be elderly. So it will be important to guarantee healthy food and a better environment. It’s no longer just a question of yields.
  • The data from the FAO and the WHO predict a population growth in 2050 of 7 to 9 billion inhabitants, which would lead to a need for an estimated increase of 70% in food production.
  • In the last 20 years, most of yield increases is coming from new varieties placed into the market and plant breeding.
  • The seed industry turnover in Europe is about 7 billion euros and involves a total of 7200 companies of different sizes.
  • Only in the EU, 50,000 people work in the seed sector, a quarter of them in research and development.
  • The Spanish seed market reaches 700 million euros, making it the 4th largest in Europe, and the 13th largest in the world.
  •  Royalties coming from the production of protected cereal varieties in Spain has amounted to an annual average over the last 10 years of 5 million Euro compared to 50.7 million Euro in France, 35 in Germany and 26.1 in England.
  • Europe is the leading seeds exporter worldwide.
  • The European seed market reachs 7 billion euros: 39% cereals and fodder crops, 26% corn, 14% potato seeds, 11% vegetables.
  • The improvement in winter wheat varieties represents an annual increase of income of 275 million euros for the Spanish economy.
  • Current legislation on seed market is complex. There are twelve directives that have been transposed in turn to 27 members legislations. This model prevents proper harmonisation and generates obstacles that impede there from being a single seed market.
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