‘Growers in Slovenia and Croatia are propagating in an illegal way’

Breeders united in Fleuroselect have picked up again their controlling campaign against illegal propagation of pot and bedding plants. The organisation decided to focus on controlling growers in Croatia and Slovenia.

In total, 42 nurseries in Slovenia and Croatia have been controlled by Royalty Administration International. The nurseries were selected from those who had already been caught on illegal propagation in the previous years,

Visits revealed that in Slovenia, half of the controlled growers were propagating in an illegal way. In Croatia almost one out of three growers was unable to justify all plants currently in production. The growers with illegal reproduction were fined on top of having to pay the royalties that were not paid.

Higher margin

Karol Pawlak, President of Fleuroselect: “Fleuroselect breeders invest up to 25% of their profit into breeding in order to bring innovations to the market. New or improved varieties can be produced in a more cost-effective way or can be sold at higher retail prices. They bring a higher margin for the growers and the licence fee is a fair way of contributing to the development cost.”

Fleuroselect worked in partnership with Royalty Administration International. RAI is a worldwide specialist in plant breeders’ rights, licensing agreements and royalties. As in previous years, growers were visited at random. Checks were carried out to determine if the finished plant production matched the deliveries of cuttings.  Also for 2022, a next round of controls is scheduled.

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