New Uruguayan Citrus Varieties for Licensing

Ernie NeffInternational, Varieties

F2P3 mandarin is available for licensing.

The Uruguayan Citrus Consortium has issued an international call for licensing several new mandarin and orange varieties for their evaluation, development, production and commercialization in North America and/or the Mediterranean Basin. The mandarins are F7P3, F4P7, F3P8 and F2P3. The oranges are NVA033, NVA036 and SELP100.

An exclusive license is being offered for a period of up to 10 years. The license can be renewed while the protection of the varieties lasts, depending on the fulfillment of conditions of the granted license. The call will close at 4 p.m. Uruguayan local time on Dec. 14, 2020.

Companies making proposals must have experience in the evaluation and commercial development of protected citrus varieties. They must detail their technical capacity, infrastructure and marketing abilities for the varieties they hold.

Those making proposals must present an evaluation, development, production and marketing plan for the varieties included in the call. Proposals may be presented in Spanish or English, and will be reviewed by the Uruguayan Citrus Consortium.

The consortium is composed of the Ministry of Livestock, Agriculture and Fisheries through the General Directorate of Agricultural Services; the National Institute for Agricultural Research; and the Union of Fruit and Vegetable Producers and Exporters from Uruguay. The consortium’s objective is to coordinate and complement capacities between the government, producers, exporters, nurseries and scientific/technological organizations. It aims to improve the international competitiveness of the citrus sector.    

Much more information about the call for licensing, including requirements for those making proposals and who to contact with proposals, is available here. Information includes a catalog of the varieties available for licensing. The catalog includes photos of the varieties, harvesting calendars, marketing windows and main traits of the varieties. Some of the traits addressed are productivity, fruit size, peel color, flavor and postharvest behavior.  

Source: National Institute of Agricultural Research

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