The Product Board Grains, Seeds and Pulses is one of the Product Boards for Arable Products in The Netherlands.
The Product Board Grains, Seeds and Pulses is a non-profit organization which is instituted for engaged in plant breeding, cultivation, trade and processing of grains (cereals), seeds and pulses. It acts as a consultative body for enterprises involved in the production chains of grains, seeds and pulses in The Netherlands. The total number of enterprises amounts to approximately 4,000 (excluding farmers and retail).
The Product Board disposes of the legal authority to lay down public regulations for and with regard to the imposition of levies on the enterprises in the grains, seeds and pulses sector. Important task areas are the advising the government with regard to the European common market organizations (cmo) and the WTO and facilitating the implementation of the European cmo's in the cereal sector. The Product Board promotes quality systems (e.g. GMP/HACCP) and standards. The Product Board is an active participant in the standardization work of CEN, ISO and the national body - NEN and hosts the CEN and ISO meetings when there are in The Netherlands. Furthermore, the following specific activities can be mentioned:
Preparing and implementing measures, aimed at strengthening the structure of sectors, e.g. bakery
Preparing and implementing measures, aimed at quality improvement, e.g. the prevention of mycotoxins in the human and animal food chain
Improving social welfare of the sector, such as improving working conditions (e.g. bakery dust)
Coordinating and co-financing non-competitative agricultural and technological research that is of importance to the collective cereal sector The Product Board ensures the knowledge generated in these projects is disseminated to the entire production chain either to the entrepreneurs (e.g. biannual seminars "Themadag Granen"; "Graanstudieclubdag") or to the public at large through participation in the Foundation for Bread Promotion (e.g. "Stichting Voorlichting Brood") and Steering Group Good Nutrition (Stuurgroep Goede Voeding).
Last updated on 2008-04-25 by Gertrud Linsberger-Martin