The Australian Table Grape Association (ATGA) announces its chair John Argiro has stepped down as both chair and board member, effective today.
Mr Argiro stated in a letter to the board that he did not “wish to subject the ATGA to unnecessary scrutiny” following “breaches to grower license agreements”.
“I support the role that Sun World and other plant breeders play in the industry, understanding the protection of their rights is paramount,” Mr Argiro stated.
The ATGA board asserted it does not condone breaches of intellectual property (IP) or contractual rights, and has accepted Mr Argiro’s resignation.
Plant breeder’s rights are integral to the continued development of the table grape industry, the ATGA board said.
“The role of proprietary breeders in developing new high quality table grape varieties drives growth within the industry, fosters stronger market access and continued investment into innovation Australia-wide,” the board stated.
“The ATGA board respects the right of commercial breeders to protect their varieties. The board does not condone infringements of IP and agreement rights. Australian table grape growers who lease or are licensed to grow IP protected varieties are well aware of their responsibilities.”
ATGA deputy chair Jeremey Boyd has been appointed acting chair.
Jeremey will lead the board until the ATGA’s November annual general meeting, at which point a chair will be elected.
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