FAQ

Membership

  • What is the difference between each Member Category?
    • Corporate Members (Seed Enterprises): Individual companies acting in plant breeding, seed production, and/or seed trade established in the Region.

    • Corporate Members (Government Seed Agencies): Government agencies established in the Region producing and/or supplying seeds, and/or supporting seed programs.

    • Corporate Members (Seed Associations): Seed trade and/or plant breeders’ associations established in the Region.

    • Associate Members: Seed trade and/or plant breeders’ associations, individual enterprises or governmental seed agencies acting in plant breeding, seed production and/or seed trade, that would otherwise qualify as a Corporate Member, but is not established in the Region.

    • Affiliate Members: Individual enterprises providing technology and/or services to the seed industry established within or outside the Region.

    • Honorary Life Members: Such eminent persons as may be nominated by the Executiveb Committee, who have made outstanding contributions to the development and management of the Company.

    • Patron Members: Such eminent organizations as may be nominated by the Executive Committee, which has made outstanding contributions to the development of the seed Industry in the Region.

  • How do I become an APSA Member?
    • Go to www.apsaseed.org or CLICK HERE to complete the online application form.

    • APSA Executive Committee will review and confirm back within 14 working days.

    • Invoice will be created and send to your registered email for payment process once approved.

    • The username & password to access membership database will be share once payment is made.

  • How much does it cost to become an APSA Member?

    1-YEAR MEMBERSHIP (Jan-Dec) Individual enterprises providing technology and/or services to the seed industry established within or outside the Asia and Pacific region as below.

    • Annual membership fee rate USD900 (Yearly by Calendar year) for Seed Association, Seed Enterprise, Associate Member, Affiliate Member

    • Annual membership fee rate USD300 for Government Seed Agency.

    New Resolution for 2020 APSA Membership Fee with special discount from normal rate USD 900 are approved by APSA executive committee members during executive committee meeting on July 22, 2020 to support our members during the COVID-19 pandemic as below.

    • Annual membership fee rate USD600 (Yearly by Calendar year) for Seed Association, Seed Enterprise, Associate Member, Affiliate Member

  • What are the benefits of becoming an APSA Member?
    • As a member, you can access to APSA membership database, looking for business partners by searching the companies meet your criteria, and you are eligible to join APSA flagship event Asian Seed Congress. Besides above benefits, you can join other activities held our SC & SIGs such as study tours and various forums or visit our website at https://web.apsaseed.org/ and all events activities is for APSA members.

  • When do I have to renew my APSA Membership?
    • 1-year Membership circle is Jan-Dec and the system will email you with invoice in the beginning of next January for your membership renewal

  • How do I find out whether my membership is active or not?
    • Database system will email once your membership has been expired.

    • Access to database system CLICK HERE and check your membership status on member profile.

  • How can I make payments to APSA?
    • We only limit bank transfer process since our new Singapore account is open in Thailand as a non-residency-bank or contact Mr. Komsak (Bobbie) Kamjing at komsak@apsaseed.org

  • What is the SUSPENDED Member?
    • Any member who fails to pay the annual membership fee within 90 days (Jan-Mar) of such fee becoming due shall have his membership rights suspended until full payment of such fee is made. If the fees and/or dues of any Member remain unpaid for a period longer than 12 months (Jan-Dec), the executive Director may strike that Member’s name off the register of members. During this suspended period, the members cannot view the documents in the folders for members.

  • How do I change the Voting Representative detail on my APSA Account?

Events

  • What is the Asian Seed Congress?

    The Asian Seed Congress is APSA’s flagship event, held annually in a host country within the Asia-Pacific region. The event is organized jointly by APSA and the host country's National Organizing Committee, and steered by the national seed association in the host country.

    It is a members-and-invitation-only event featuring a trade exhibition, private and semi-private meeting rooms, trading tables, technical sessions, local tours, culture and entertainment programs. The week-long Congress is initiated by an all-day Pre-Congress Workshop focusing on a new theme every year, and officially concludes with APSA’s General Assembly Meeting.

    There is also a Post-Congress Tour offered for members to visit seed production and processing facilities in the host country. Previous editions of the Asian Seed Congress were held in Bangkok, Incheon, Goa, Macau, Kobe, Bali, Pattaya, Kaohsiung, Hyderabad, Kuala Lumpur, Shanghai, Seoul, Ho Chi Minh City, Chiba, Japan, Bangalore, Jakarta, Brisbane New Delhi and Chiang Mai.

  • How do you become a host country for the Asian Seed Congress?

    To become a host country for the Asian Seed Congress, the National Seed Association of the country must first being active member of APSA under the seed association category.

    APSA will officially send out a communication regarding the call out for the Asian seed congress proposal. Within this communication will be details regarding the guidelines of said proposal. The Proposal from seed association must be submitted along with the Expression of Interest to host the conference. The proposal must include information that demonstrates the ability and/or commitment to meet the requirements listed within the ASC Hosting Guidelines (which will be shared to the member upon request). This letter should be made, in writing to the Secretariat before May 1st, two years prior to the hosting of the Congress.

    All proposals for the hosting of the Asian Seed Congress (ASC) will be reviewed by a selection panel that will make recommendations to the APSA Executive Committee, based on agreed upon criteria and applied scores. The decision of which proposal will be accepted will be officially announced during the annual general meeting 2 years prior. For more details, please contact Events Manager at mike@apsaseed.org

  • How can I attend the Asian Seed Congress?

    Only employees from ACTIVE Member Companies can attend the Asian Seed Congress. To register for the congress, members must register themselves via the Congress Registration Event Page. Delegates are responsible for their own delegate registration fee, airfare, travel expenses and hotel accommodations.

    Early-Bird Registration starts May 1, Normal Registration starts August 1 and Late Registration starts October 1.

    For details to the cost of Delegate Registration, please visit the official Asian Seed Congress Website.

  • Delegate Registration details

    Members can register themselves as Full delegates, Accompanying Person or Booth Exhibitor.

    Delegates have access to all areas of the Asian Seed Congress. They can enter the Trading Table area, the Exhibition Zone, participate in the Congress Workshop and all Technical Sessions, attend the Annual General Meeting and all Social events which include the Inaugural Ceremony, Welcome Cocktail Party and the Grand Banquet. Delegates also have the benefit of dining at the Congress Sponsored Buffet Lunch and Coffee Breaks.

    Accompanying Persons should be strictly limited to those who DO NOT have business participation in the congress, such as spouses, partners and/or children of delegates. Accompanying Persons are not allowed to enter the Trading Table Area, Meetings Rooms nor the Exhibition Area. They also cannot attend the Congress Workshop, Technical Sessions nor the Annual General Meeting. They are entitled to a complimentary tour of the host country arranged by NOC, a sponsored lunch, and able to attend all social events which includes include the Inaugural Ceremony, Welcome Cocktail Party and the Grand Banquet. Accompanying Persons are not allowed to dine at the Congress Sponsored Buffet Lunch and Coffee Breaks.

    Booth Exhibitors are for persons who will supervise their company’s Exhibition Booths. They are allowed only within the Exhibition Area and cannot enter the Trading Table Area or the Meeting Rooms. They cannot participate in the Congress Workshop nor any Technical Sessions. They cannot attend any Social Event but is allowed to dine at the Congress Sponsored Buffer Lunch and Coffee Breaks.

  • Trading Table Details

    Every year at the Asian Seed Congress, one area is designated for Trading Tables. This area allows for Face-to Face Business meetings between members. There are usually 200 tables available each year, selling at the price of $650 USD per table. Each company can book a maximum of 3 tables, and can be done once Congress Registration opens on the 1 st of May.

    The Trading Table area is open for 4 days, Monday – Thursday. Only full delegates are allowed within the Trading Table Area.

  • Exhibition Booth details

    Another area of the Asian Seed Congress is designated for Exhibition Booths. In this area members can easily promote their product and/or services. There is usually a minimum of 30 booths within this area, consisting of 2 types of booths, Regular Booths and Super Booths. Regular Booths are 3 meters by 3 meters whereby Super Booths are 6 meters by 6 meters. Members also have the opportunity to register a Booth Exhibitor to help supervise their booth. (For more details regarding Booth Exhibitors, please see Delegate Registration for more details.)

  • Congress Workshop & Technical Session Details

    The Congress Workshop is usually held on the first day on the Congress. Technical Sessions are usually held on the second and third day of the Congress. Participation is free for all delegates and no pre-registration is required. For Congress Workshop and Technical Session Agenda and details, please visit the official Asian Seed Congress website.

  • Annual General Meeting details

    The Annual General Meeting is where members attend to discuss and vote on important matters and issues regarding the association. One membership has one voting right and the voting representative has to be updated 40 days before AGM. It is also where election for the Executive Committee takes place. The Annual General Meeting usually takes place in the afternoon of the fourth day of the Congress.

  • Social Events

    There is a total of 3 Social Events during the congress, the Inaugural Ceremony, the Welcome Cocktail Party and the Grand Banquet. The Inaugural Ceremony is where the official opening of the congress takes place. The Welcome Cocktail Party is where delegates come to relax and network with each other. The Grand Banquet is the official closing of the congress. Delegates and Accompanying Persons can attend.

  • Post Congress Tour details

    The Post Congress Tour takes place on the last and final day of the congress and are organized by the National Organizing Committee. Here delegates have the opportunity to visit Local Seed Companies, participate in Field Trials. Delegates who are interested in attending the Post Congress Tour must first register and pay. For more details, please visit the official Asian Seed Congress website at

  • Congress Sponsorship details

    There are 3 Sponsorship Levels for the Asian Seed Congress; Gold, Silver and Bronze. Companies that wish to become sponsors must first be an Active APSA Member. If the company is located within the host country, payment for sponsorship must be made to the National Organizing Committee. For companies located outside the host country, payment must be made directly to APSA. Each sponsorship category has different benefits and price, where details can be viewed at the official Asian Seed Congress website.

Technical

  • What are the different APSA Committees?

    APSA has 3 Standing Committees and 2 Special Interest Groups as follow:

    • Standing Committee – International Trade and Quarantine

    • Standing Committee – Seed Technology

    • Standing Committee – Intellectual Property Rights and Biodiversity

    These committees meet every one-two months to discuss issues and activities pertaining to their field. They assist in the planning of study tours and expert consultations and prepare position papers with regards to these topics. Members of these committees are professionals in their field and may be consulted for speaking engagements and other issues pertaining to the committee subject matter.

    • Special Interest Group – Vegetables & Ornamentals

    • Special Interest Group – Field Crops

    Special Interest Groups meet every one-two months to discuss issues and activities pertaining to these specific types of seed. They assist in the planning of study tours and expert consultations and prepare position papers with regards to these varieties of seed. Members of these Special Interest Groups are professionals in their field and may be consulted for speaking engagements and other issues pertaining to the group subject matter.

    For more information, visit

  • How do I become apart of an APSA SC/SIG member?

    If you are an active member of APSA and would like to join a Standing Committee, please can send the inquiry email with brief CV to apsa@apsaseed.org. Your profile will be reviewed by the Chair & Co-Chair of the SC/SIG for approval.

  • Where do I go to view Committee Reports?

    If you are an active member of APSA and would like to see minutes of each committee meeting and presentations of technical activities, please visit

  • What type of events does Committee hold?

    Each committee has different activities which are different by nature of each group. Committee members of each SC/SIG will discuss on annual activity plan in the first meeting of each year in January/February. A few samples of activities such as study tour, phytosanitary expert consultations, workshop and online webinar. For more information, visit

  • How do I join the APSA-WorldVeg consortium?

    If you are an active member of APSA, please visit this link to see benefits and apply for the APSA-WorldVeg consortium.