Pannar The seeds of discontent
PAN 6Q-445B, PAN 5Q-433B, PAN 6Q-308B, and PAN 6Q-508R, as we are pretty sure you don’t know, are hybrid maize seeds produced by Pannar, a local producer of hybrid maize seeds. The latter two, you will be further illuminated to know, are ultra early germinators, especially under irrigation. And all of them will be owned in part by multinational giant Pioneer Hi-Bred, itself owned by DuPont, should a merger between the businesses go ahead as envisaged. This, says various interested parties, would cause a 12% hike in the cost of hybrid maize, and expose South African agriculture to an unhealthy Du Pont/Monsanto duopoly. Stuff and nonsense, say Panar, who argue that the efficiencies achieved by the merger would offset any increase in prices to farmers.
Comment: Trouble in the heartland, as maize internationally reels from the effects of climate change. And trouble, anytime now, at the tillpoint.