BANGKOK: On Friday (June 19), more than 80 agriculture and seed industry stakeholders, academicians, government officers and journalists joined a seminar to exchange information and discuss the benefits and challenges for Thai farmers and breeders should Thailand decide to join the Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for Trans-Pacific Partnership (CPTPP).
Co-organized by the Thai Seed Trade Association (THASTA) and APSA, the Thai-language seminar and panel discussion was titled: “CPTPP: Kaset Thai Sia Priab Jing Reu?” เกษตรไทยเสียเปรียบจริงหรือ? which translates to “CPTPP: Would Thai farmers really be disadvantaged?”.
Core to panel-led discussions was stipulations of the International Union for the Protection of New Varieties of Plants, or UPOV 1991, which Thailand would be obliged to become a member as one of the conditions for joining the CPTPP trade bloc.
UPOV has 76 members across the globe, while CPTPP currently has 11 members: Canada, Mexico, Peru, Chile, Japan, Korea, Vietnam, Indonesia, Brunei, Australia and New Zealand.
The trade bloc represents a market of about 500 million people, or 6.7% of the global population and 13.3% of global GDP.
One of the key objectives of the seminar was to address misunderstandings, misinformation and disinformation, and thus provide accurate information about CPTPP, specifically regarding the rights of farmers and breeders, as stipulated by UPOV 1991 as well as Thailand’s current PVP law.
The full seminar can be viewed in Thai here. Moreover, a summary in English will be published in the upcoming edition of Asian Seed Magazine.