This week, Dutch General Secretary for Economic Affairs Sharon Dijksma visited seed company Ewindo (East-West Seed Indonesia). Ewindo was established by Enza Zaden and East West International. The visit is part of the Dutch trade mission to Indonesia.
Ewindo was established in 1990 by Enza Zaden and East West International. The company is now fully operated by Indonesians. Founders Simon Groot (East-West Seed) and Piet Mazereeuw (Enza) believe that the local population should always benefit from the Dutch knowledge they spread worldwide. The company develops tropical fruit varieties with Dutch techniques. One of the main examples being the tomato Tymoti.
After a tour of the company, Dijksma was clearly impressed. She noted that the impact of Ewindo goes beyond increasing revenues alone. "With this innovative vegetable seed, Ewindo also encourages the preservation of Indonesian agriculture. Quality seeds make excessive fertilization and use of pesticides unnecessary."