Name of Client: Ministry of Agriculture and the Academy of Agriculture, Minskterm mission to share experience in how to strengthen all essential components in an integrated seed industry

Period: May 2009 

Value of project (in millions US$): 0.01 M

Key Experts:

Rutger Persson, International Seed Expert, Svalof Consulting

Larisa Gustavsson, Researcher Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences


The objective of the mission was to share the Swedish experience in “seed industry development” with the Ministry of Agriculture and establish a closer professional links between the Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences (SLU/LTJ), Svalof Consulting and Belarus counterparts in strengthening their seed sector, training plant breeders and senior professional staff from the Belarus seed industry at SLU in Alnarp , Sweden. The Swedish model how to strengthen all the links in the seed chain and create favourable conditions for the private sector to prosper was discussed with regards to:

  • Strengthening the legal/regulatory framework for varieties and seeds and the technical procedures which support that framework
  • Strengthening the capacity of breeding institutions to manage and supply early generation seed of their varieties, as a key support to the formal seed sector
  • Strengthening the capacity of emerging seed companies to operate efficiently on the domestic as well as export market, through a locally based training programme for their staff
  • Strengthening the whole seed and value chain, in environmental perspective