About us

Founded in 1994, the Uruguayan Plant Breeders Association (URUPOV) is a non-profit organization that gathers over 90% of the plant breeding, seed production, distribution and trade companies throughout the country.

As a leading and effective voice of the seed industry, URUPOV advocates science and regulatory issues of industry-wide importance, promoting research on new plant varieties and contributing to the development of the sector through innovative, competitive and sustainable agriculture.

Mission

To represent and defend the interests of plant breeders, seed producers and traders, contributing to the development of new plant varieties and thus to a more productive and sustainable sector.

Vision

To be a benchmark organization at national and international level in the effective and efficient representation and defense of plant breeders’ rights. To base its management on continuous improvement and the capacity for innovation, maintaining a strong commitment to the development of the agricultural sector.

Our Goals:

To represent and give professional advice to its members; traders and producers of seeds of protected plant varieties before public and private organizations, both nationally and internationally.

To promote cooperation agreements with the official bodies related to intellectual property rights for the correct and effective application of the laws that defend it.

To promote the use of new varieties and protect their legal use, ensuring farmers new and better plant varieties and seeds of superior genetics.

To promote the creation of an adequate and fair legal framework for seed production and trade.

To remove the illegal seed bag (so called brown bagging) from the market.

To design and implement royalty collection systems for the use of protected varieties (PBR) to guarantee genetic progress.

To provide collaboration to the National Seed Institute of Uruguay (INASE), which exercises enforcement and oversight of the seed production and trade.

To formulate guidelines and promote professional ethics and excellence in the technical performance of the activities of its associates.

To disseminate, educate and promote the benefits of developing and complying with intellectual property regulations.

Board of Directors

PRESIDENT
Marcelo Banchero

PGG Wrightson Seeds

VICE PRESIDENT
Roberto Robino

Greising y Elizarzú SRL

SECRETARY
Jorge Erro

Barraca Jorge W. Erro S.A.

VOCAL
Marcos Carrera

Bayer Uruguaya S.A.

VOCAL
Ignacio Risso

Semillas Uruguay S.A.

VOCAL
Alejandro Solsona

COPAGRAN

VOCAL
Federico Nolla

INIA

ALTERNATE
Raúl Uraga

Saman S.A.

ALTERNATE
Germán Verdier

Procampo SRL

Staff

EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR
Diego Risso

OPERATIONAL MANAGER
Victoria Stewart

FIELD TECHNICIAN
Gonzalo Larrauri

FIELD TECHNICIAN
Ignacio Sanguinetti

FIELD TECHNICIAN
Felipe Silva

FIELD TECHNICIAN
Lucas Ciceri

SECRETARY
María Noel González

COMMUNICATIONS MANAGER
Virginia Tastás

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