DSM-Firmenich takes legal action against Chinese biotin manufacturer for patented technology infringement

CHINA – DSM-Firmenich has initiated legal action against China-based Anhui Shengda Bio-pharm Co and Zhejiang Shengda Bio-pharm – a biotin manufacturer and supplier, collectively referred to as Shengda- for patent infringement. The recently merged nutrition leader accuses Shengda of unlawfully using its patented technology. It has petitioned the Anhui Province China court to order Shengda to pay compensation and stop using the…

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The US government gives a nod to Bayer’s short-stature GM corn, but hurdles remain

USA – The US government has given a nod to a new type of genetically modified corn developed by Bayer AG (BAYGn.DE), a global farm chemicals and seeds maker, with shorter than typical crops and better tolerance to strong winds. Reuters reports that short-stature corn is among the latest crop varieties developed to withstand increasingly volatile weather associated with climate change, joining a…

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Côte d’Ivoire plans to launch a pilot phase for the Agricultural Commodities Exchange to boost marketing of strategic agricultural products

CÔTE D’IVOIRE – Authorities in Côte d’Ivoire have given the go-ahead to create a pilot phase for an Agricultural Commodity Exchange (BMPA) to trade cashew nuts, corn, and fresh kola nuts to facilitate and improve the marketing for the commodities. The decision was arrived at on June 7, in the Council of Ministers which concluded a process that started in…

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Angolan maize prices ease by 41% on the back of the 2022/2023 agricultural campaign

ANGOLA – The price of maize in the Alto Luena market, the main point of sale of the staple commodity, has registered a 41 percent reduction following the ongoing harvesting season. According to ANGOP, the price decline comes after the country grappled with a shortage of the commodity and consequent inflation in the market in the last two months. Currently,…

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