Agencja Nasienna, the breeders’ organization with its registered office in Leszno, has the right to request a farmer to provide information on the use of FSS. For this purpose, on behalf of the breeders that we represent, our Agencja Nasienna regularly sends, to different groups of farmers, requests for information, together with the AGNAS forms, the purpose of which is to facilitate the provision of information. In accordance with the legal regulations, a written response to such a request is mandatory (the farmers are obliged to answer above-mentioned requests by filling in the AGNAS form by post or via e-mail) even if, in a given season/year:
- they did not grow any protected plant varieties;
- they did not use FSS but only certified seed;
- they do not know the names of varieties sown;
- they did not cultivated any crops at all.
The provision of information is mandatory, regardless of the nature of a farm (conventional, organic or highly productive), the structure and size of crops or destination of the agricultural harvest (for sowing, feeding etc.); the only criterion of exemption is the owed area of agricultural land.
The owners of the agricultural land less than 10 ha (both own and rented land) are released from the obligation of providing information. They only should let us know about it in writing, sending to us the suitable statement, e.g. „I hereby declare, that in the year … I owe less than 10 ha of agricultural land.”, the current date, name and address as well as the handwritten signature.
ATFER THE AMENDMENT OF POLISH NATIONAL LAW
The amended Act of 26 June 2003 on legal protection of plant varieties that came into force in 11 July 2017 deleted the obligation to provide information in the scope of the varieties protected with an exclusive right on the national (PL) level.
However, if a farmer used for sowing the harvested seed of a protected variety, he is obliged to pay FSS fee to the Breeder.
The FSS fee can be paid directly to the Breeder’s bank account or through Agencja Nasienna.
More details you can find here.
Should you have any doubts regarding the way and scope of provision the information, please look up the FAQs or contact Agencja Nasienna by phone.