Brazil soy grower group backs Intacta royalties
The Brazilian soybean grower association, the Abrass, is backing Monsanto’s royalty payment system for its genetically modified insect-resistant and herbicide-tolerant Intacta RR2 Pro (MON87701xMON89788) soybean technology. A Brazilian court has recently suspended an injunction that stopped such royalty payments. The Abrass trusts the operation of the royalty payment system, as it is a “fundamental necessity for the continuity of development of technology for seed businesses in Brazil”. Judge Isabel Dias Almeida at the 5th Civil Chamber of Rio Grande do Sul state’s Court of Justice noted previous ruling and precedent on the matter, which “all supported Monsanto’s collection of royalties”, the Abrass reports. The association echoes Monsanto, saying that a “double charge” exists as the farmer who uses uncertified seed pays royalties upon their commercialisation, while those who save certified seed and has already paid royalties does not make similar payments. The company agreed a deal with many Brazilian soybean growers in 2013 for royalty payments on the soybeans.