Grain Groups Concerned About Losing Market Share

February 25, 2014 08:16 PM
Grain Groups Concerned About Losing Market Share

The marketing and commercial production of Syngenta’s Agrisure Viptera corn and Agrisure Duracade corn, which have not received regulatory approval in China, have grain groups asking the company to stop commercialization.

Grown in the U.S., Canada, Brazil and Argentina, Agrisure Viptera has been in the system for three years.

The National Grain and Feed Association (NGFA) and North American Export Grain Association (NAEGA) report that Chinese authorities have rejected shipments of U.S. corn and dried distillers’ grains because of its presence.

"NAEGA and NGFA are concerned about economic harm to exporters, grain handlers and producers, as well as the U.S.’ reputation to meet its customers’ needs—that has resulted from Syngenta’s approach to the stewardship of Viptera," states a release from NGFA and NAEGA.

But Syngenta disagrees. "Changing our marketing plan would have no effect on grain in the system or Chinese acceptance of imports," says Paul Minehart, Syngenta, head of Corporate Communications–North America. "Syngenta will move forward with the Agrisure Viptera campaign to give growers more access to this biotechnology. We will also continue with an introductory launch of Agrisure Duracade on limited acres in consultation with NCGA."

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