Syngenta Vegetable Seeds announces €2.4 million investment to boost R&D centers in Murcia and Almería
23.02.2022 – ENGLISH
Today, Syngenta Vegetable Seeds announced a commitment to accelerate its focus in Iberia by investing an additional €2,4 million ($2.7M USD) to research and development centers in Spain.
Over the next 15 years, new challenges will continue to impact the sustainability of the entire food chain. Spain’s regions of Almeria and Murcia are strategic production areas for the agri-food sector, and continued investment in research and development is essential to bring precision and speed to the innovative solutions Syngenta offers to vegetable growers, while helping meet ever-changing consumer preferences.
This investment at our El Ejido R&D Center will allow Syngenta to further develop and deploy new technologies, aiming to enhance product performance using digital tools, analytics, and data science. Syngenta will also utilize this investment to secure long-term R&D investments in strategic crops and fast-track the development process required to sustain the launch of commercial products that serve our customers in over 100 countries. «This is an unprecedented opportunity that will highlight our R&D centers in Almería and Murcia as global focal points for plant breeding innovation and the development of new vegetable seed varieties for growers around the world,» said José Manuel Zapata, Vegetable Seeds Biological Operation Site Head in Spain
As a part of this investment, a new farm in the Torre Pacheco area will offer greater automation and digitization, enabling quicker adoption of new technologies to pioneer and set novel benchmarks for plant breeding. It will also amplify the working partnerships with Syngenta’s producers in the Lorca and Pulpí areas.
Syngenta Vegetable Seeds aims to place the customer at the heart of everything. The modernization of these facilities will allow the enhanced collaboration with customers in the market and bring solutions to their farms and operations.
“We have a unique opportunity ahead of us to strengthen our position and focus on the market, giving an important boost to productivity in the area, and in particular, to its farmers. It will allow us to be closer to them, providing them with better service and the most innovative solutions,” says Luis Martin, Syngenta’s Southwest Europe Territory Head.