Syngenta responds to Viptera corn marketing controversy
In the past, technology providers have not delayed commercialization of new traits due to absence of Chinese approvals.
Has this happened to any other traits?
In the past, technology providers have not held up commercialization of new traits due to absence of Chinese approvals. Major trait launches – including MON89034 contained in the Genuity VT Triple PRO and Genuity SmartStax trait stacks from Monsanto and Mycogen SmartStax trait stacks from Dow AgroSciences – were conducted in 2010 in the absence of Chinese approval because it was not considered a key export market.
In comparison to the millions of acres represented by previous product launches that followed this protocol, total acres of hybrids with the Agrisure Viptera trait represented less than 2 percent of the U.S. corn acres.
Is Syngenta working with China on this issue?
Yes, Syngenta is working diligently with China. Syngenta applied for Chinese approval of the Agrisure Viptera trait in March 2010 (upon approval in Brazil) and currently expects to receive regulatory clearance in late March 2012.
What should growers do if they have grain containing the Agrisure Viptera trait?
Many major grain handlers have notified Syngenta that they will accept grain with the Agrisure Viptera trait. They request that growers notify them upon delivery that their grain contains the trait.
Is there a number growers can call with questions?
Growers can call 800-319-1360 between 6 a.m. and 11 p.m. CST Monday through Saturday with questions, or email Syngenta at Export.Info@syngenta.com. Information can also be found online at AgrisureViptera.com/exportinfo. Syngenta is working with the grain trade to discuss market options for grain with the Agrisure Viptera trait and will continue to develop customer communications.
When was the Agrisure Viptera trait commercialized?
2011 is the first year of commercialization for Syngenta’s Agrisure Viptera trait. Syngenta received deregulation from the USDA for the Agrisure Viptera trait in April 2010.
How many hybrids are involved?
Approximately 70 different hybrids contain the Agrisure Viptera trait, all ending in the hybrid designation of either 3110 or 3111.
Are any other Agrisure traits affected by Chinese import restrictions?
No other commercially available Agrisure® traits are affected.
Were corn hybrids with the Agrisure Viptera trait sold by GreenLeaf or any third parties in 2011?
The Agrisure Viptera trait was offered in a limited number of hybrids through GreenLeaf and third parties.