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Argentine seed sector calls for GM soya deal

The Argentine seed industry is urging parties to accelerate the forming of a deal between farmers and seed suppliers on payments for intellectual property (IP) technology, national media report. Monsanto has denied farmers the use of its second-generation genetically modified soybeans as there is no IP legislation enforcing royalty payments. The company reached agreements with several farmers in the north of the country on its Bt Roundup Ready 2 Yield soybeans late last year ( Agrow No 607, p 21). That implied acceptance of paying for technology when buying certified seed or saving it. However, no decision had been taken on commercialisation of Monsanto’s second-generation soybean lines. Suppliers including Nidera, Don Mario and Sursem exhibited second-generation soybean varieties at a recent trade fair in Argentina, national newspaper La Nación reports.

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