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Who we are ?

UFS (Union Française des Semenciers) is the French seed association for seed companies & plant breeders.

UFS, which was founded in March 2009, is a trade association which deals with Seed Industry and plant breeding promotion in France and Worldwide. UFS gathers 135 French seed companies involved in 3 key activities :

  • Plant breeding
  • Seed production
  • Seed marketing

UFS gathers the companies that were previously members of the 6 federations and associations:

  • AFSA : cereals & pulses
  • FFSFG : forage plants & amenity grasses
  • FNPSP : vegetables & ornamentals
  • OLEOSEM : oil seeds
  • SEPROMA : maize
  • SPFGB : sugar beets & chicory seeds

For generations, Seed Companies have been contributing, through the breeding process, to the safety of the food chain and to the economy, with regard to sustainable development.

UFS:

  • Represents its members and their interests on the national and international scale.
  • Makes proposals to public authorities and other parties, stands up for the positions adopted on issues common to their profession.
  • Bases its positions on discussions amongst professionals, relying on technical analysis and studies if need be.
  • Works in strong partnership with all agricultural and food supply chains.

Strengthened by the diversity and by the expertise of its members, UFS cares to develop a positive image of the Seed Industry’s activities.

The seed Industry – key figures

  • French market :
    • Turnover : 2.7 billion €, 316,000 ha, 10% of world market share
  • European market :
    • France 1st largest market ahead of Germany, Italy, Russia, Spain, UK, The Netherlands…
    • 1st largest EU producer
  • World market :
    • France N. 3 behind the USA & China - (source ISF, june 2008)
    • France 2nd largest exporter worldwide
    • N. 1 for field crops (maize), and N. 3 for vegetables
    • Global market size 26 B
  • International seed trading :
    • French export turnover = 1081 M€, a growing business
    • French trade balance = + 601 M € : 16% of the total «French exports for agricultural products» (2007),
    • Export rate : 50% for vegetables (200 M €), and 40% for maize (300 M €)
  • French seed industry:
    • 71 breeding companies
    • 237 production companies
    • 17,800 seed producers (farmers)
    • 23,000 retail outlets (Coops, agri-supermarkets, trading…)
    • 8 500 employees :
  • Research : 26%
  • Production : 47%
  • Sales & Marketing : 14%

Agriculture is under pressure




UFS has been a member of ISF (International Seed Federation) and ESA (European Seed Association) since 2009, as the former French federations used to be. It takes part in both boards and participates to the main Committees and working groups.






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