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AWB has released the 2005 Seed Variety Licence and Seed Variety Licence System.
The licence will apply to all purchases of applicable AWB Seed Varieties during the 2005 season, so it is important that growers understand the terms and conditions before accepting seed.
Details of the Seeds Licence have been mailed to graingrowers in the February edition of GroundCover. A set of licence terms and conditions will also made available at the point of seed sale and can be viewed at AWB Seeds website www.awbseeds.com.au.
Key points of the Seed Variety Licence 2005 include:
- AWB Seeds Varieties can only be purchased from an AWB Seeds Approved retailer,
- All AWB Seeds varieties are protected under the Plant Breeders Rights Act (1994),
- End Point Royalties are payable on all grain production (except seed retained by grower for re-planting),
- No grower to grower trading of AWB Seeds Varieties is allowed,
- Licence obligations are enduring.
One important change from previous years is that growers are no longer required to sign the licence. By purchasing seed, growers are now automatically agreeing to the terms and conditions.
The licence covers issues such as the prohibition on ‘over the fence’ trading in seed and the payment of End Point Royalties. Consequently growers need to take the time to make themselves aware of their obligations.
Further information is also available from the AWB Grower Service Centre on 1800 054 433.