In the organic cultivation, mainly organic propagated material is used. In addition, it is legally obligatory to use organic propagated material if there is enough propagating material available.
Naktuinbouw keeps up the availability of organic propagation material at the request of the Ministry of Agriculture, Nature and Food Quality. All available varieties are included per crop in the biodatabase with the relevant company names of the suppliers.
The crops are classified into 3 categories, based on the availability of organic propagation material within that crop. The categories are listed in the National Annex and are called category 1, 2 and 3.
- Category 1: organic propagation material is obligatory.
- Category 2: organic propagation material is obligatory if the variety is available. If the variety is not available, there is a possibility to request derogation for the use of non-organic propagating material.
- Category 3: organic propagation material is not obligatory.
In the biodatabase you can find in which category the (sub)crop is classified.
Suppliers who supply organic propagated material, make this known to Naktuinbouw themselves. These companies also have the responsibility to inform Naktuinbouw about the changes in the availability of their plant material.