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Opposition to Pioneer Hi Bred's merger with Pannar, submitted to Competitions Commission

Biosafety in South Africa - Briefing Papers

As a stakeholder, the ACB was requested by the Competition Commission to make written comments on the proposed merger between Pioneer Hi Bred and Pannar, which we submitted to the Commission on the 21st of October, 2010.

In this submission, we raise the following further pertinent issues:

  • The current prevailing seed systems in South Africa, how these have changed over time, and what the implications of these changes are;
  • The breadth and importance of the breeding and research work carried out by Pannar seed in South Africa;
  • Some alternative suggestions to ensure the fruits of Pannar's research can be preserved for the public and national good.

We provide in several annexes, the seeds under the control of Pannar.

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