Paraguay farmers seek RR soy royalty injunction
Paraguayan growers of genetically modified glyphosate-tolerant Roundup Ready soybeans have filed a lawsuit seeking an injunction against the charging of royalties to Monsanto. They claim that patents have expired on the technology, national media report. The claim has been presented by 34 farmers against annual payments from national growers of some $40 million a year, Prensa Latina reports. The Paraguayan soybean growers association, the APS, was mulling moves last year against royalty payments following a Brazilian court ruling that the payments in the country be suspended ( Agrow No 651, p 14). That is despite a ten-year payment deal between the APS and Monsanto lasting until next year. The association reportedly claims that more and more farmers are moving to its position, and wants a halt to payments “without prejudice to deals on new technology”. An injunction was sanctioned in Brazil against similar payments, with Monsanto subsequently granted the right to charge for payments into an escrow account ( Agrow No 654, p 13).