Working Group of Integrated Vegetable Seed Companies (WIC) Meeting 2024 22 April 2024 / Novotel Sukhumvit 20, Bangkok, Thailand

We are pleased to announce the forthcoming hybrid Working Group of Integrated Vegetable Seed Companies (WIC) meeting scheduled for April 22, 2024, at Novotel Sukhumvit 20 in Bangkok, Thailand. This event will unite twenty-three distinguished WIC member companies, blending physical and virtual participation to provide updates on ongoing activities and engage in collaborative brainstorming for new initiatives. Attendance to this exclusive gathering is strictly by invitation only, ensuring focused participation among key stakeholders.


08.45 – 09.00


09.00 – 09.10

Opening remarks by WIC Chair, Mr Takahiro Ando 
Anti-trust guidelines for APSA meetings acknowledgement

09.10 – 09.30 

Current WIC members & observer update by Ms Francine Sayoc, APSA Executive Director

09.30 – 10.40

Actions summary and further discussion from the WIC November 2023 Meeting by Dr Shivendra Bajaj, APSA Technical Adviso

1. The issues in the APAC region – discussion led by WIC Co-Chair

Policy roundtable update

  • Variety registration in Viet Nam 
  • Indonesia seed production rules

2. Update on the discussion with SIG V&O on the forming of Working Group for Vegetable Seed Production 

10.40 – 11.15 Coffee Break
11.15 – 12.00

[Cont.] Actions summary and further discussion from the WIC November 2023 Meeting by Dr Shivendra Bajaj, APSA Technical Advisor
3. Any other issues

12.00 – 13.00


13.00 – 14.00

University Connect Program

  • Update from the task force meeting (Mr Sanjay Bisht, Mr Santosh Attavar, Dr Chua)
  • Engagement from WIC members
14.00 – 14.15

Disease resistance terminology (DRT) project update by Ms Kunaporn Phuntunil

  • DRT bitter gourd powdery mildew subgroup
  • DRT watermelon fusarium wilt subgroup
14.15 – 14.35

SIPI update by Mr Harendra Singh 

14.35 – 14.50

Any other discussion with the permission of the Chair

  • Data bank in APSA for protected varieties in each country 
  • Country information on regulations and government body (ISF Illegal Seed Practices WG’s initiative)  
14.50 – 15.00

Wrap up and meeting summary by WIC Co-Chair, Mr Harendra Singh