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Checkbiotech: Planting pirated soybean seeds will be freed
Posted by: Prof. Dr. M. Raupp (IP Logged)
Date: September 08, 2005 09:59AM ; ;

Agriculture minister Roberto Rodrigues guaranteed Friday that, "at the
latest," by tomorrow the presidential decree will be published authorizing
once again the planting of genetically modified soybeans with noncertified
seeds, grown by the farmers themselves, September 2005.

The information was given during the opening session of the 28th
Expointer, in Esteio (Rio Grande do Sul state). The decision responds to
protests of the Farm Workers Federation of Rio Grande do Sul (Fetag-RS).

Fetag protested that the Banco do Brasil (BB), the leading source of
official farm credit in Brazil, was not releasing resources from the
National Program to trengthen Family Agriculture (Pronaf) for farmers who
could not show a certificate of origin tor their seeds.

The entity, which represents almost 100,000 small farmers, alleges that
certified seeds da not exist in sufficient volume to satisfy all the demand
in the state.

PORTO ALEGRE -Gazeta Mercantil via []

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