Certified plant production

The aim of certified plant production is to produce plant propagation material from a known species, variety or population that is of genuine variety and free from organisms harmful to plants. Production of certified plant propagation material is regulated by the Decree of the Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry (9/2006) that defines, among other issues, requirements concerning production.

Finnish elite plants produced by MTT’s Laukaa Research and Elite Plant Station are used as parent plants in the production of certified plant propagation material. These selected elite plants are propagated from tested mother plants, decontaminated to become free of pests and diseases.

At the moment, certified plant propagation material is produced for strawberries, raspberries, currants and gooseberries. Production complies with the requirements laid down in the relevant Decree and is supervised through regular, on-site inspections.

Tested plant propagation material can be produced for fruit and berry plants, and landscaping plants, for which no certified plant propagation material is available.

Anyone planning to start the production of certified plant propagation material should contact Evira’s plant health unit well in advance of the intended date of commencing production, because producers of certified plant propagation material must be approved by Evira. The production site must be free of certain organisms harmful to plant health and must have instructions on how to produce certified plant propagation material.