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Uruguay runs voluntary GMO royalty scheme

Nineteen of every 20 Uruguayan soybean growers prefer to pay royalties on genetically modified soybean lines, even though national legislation does not oblige it, Brazilian newswire Agrolink reports. Farmers pay for use of the technology in Uruguay under the "extended royalty" model, in which payments similar to royalties are paid. Uruguayan seed breeders' protection association Yrupov’s chief, Diego Risso, reportedly told the newswire that the issue was a matter of culture for Uruguayans. "We understand that the seed developers have a right to receive it [royalty payment]," he explained. Various entities including the Uruguayan seed chamber and Brazilian seed developer associations, and the Ministry of Agriculture, met in Montevideo to discuss national legal requirements. Nevertheless, soybean growers are embroiled in a dispute over royalties for Monsanto’s GM Roundup Ready soybean technology (Agrow No 658, p 15).

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