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Apr 28, 2010

Brazil - EMBRAPA Contracts With Syngenta to Improve Crop Quality & Yields

On 28 April 2010 Syngenta announced from its headquarters in Basel, Switzerland that it had entered into a long-term multi-crop partnership with the Brazilian Agriculture Research Corporation (EMBRAPA).  The general goal of the agreement is to improve crop quality and yield, especially in regards to corn, cotton, and soybeans. 

Syngenta will field test EMBRAPA's seeds in various regions with both large and small farmers with an aim at identifying potential integrated solutions. Both organizations will share data on primary diseases and  nematodes.

The next step will be to expand the partnership beyond corn, cotton, and soybeans to other crops such as sugarcane.  Syngenta is interested in increasing its presence in other Latin American countries.  As Pedro Arraes, Head of EMBRAPA noted, his organization is looking to "establish innovative partnerships, combining Embrapa’s expertise with that of the private sector [that] favor[s] socio-economic development [through] ... agriculture.”

For more see: "Syngenta and Embrapa establish multi-crop partnership to advance solutions for Brazilian growers," Syngenta Media Release, Basel, Switzerland, 28 April 2010.

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