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Germany: Bayer’s digital farming initiatives not in remedies

 |  September 19, 2017

Bayer said it was unable to propose the sale of any digital farming assets to allay EU concerns about its planned US$66 billion takeover of Monsanto.

The European Commission last month started an in-depth investigation into the German group’s plan to acquire the US seeds maker.

Among its concerns, the regulator took issue with Bayer’s plan to create combined offerings of seeds and pesticides with the help of new digital farming tools, such as connected sensors, software and precision machines.

“I fail to see what kind of a remedy there would be in this space. It’s extremely hypothetical in terms of where the overlap actually is,” the head of Bayer’s Science division, Liam Condon, told Reuters on Tuesday, September 19, following a press conference on the business.

Full Content: Reuters

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