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Australia: "Increase in seed demand for cucumbers and tomatoes"

The Australian breeding company Abundant Seeds saw continued growth in sales during the last quarter, achieving a new daily record number of cucumber seeds sold – more than 200,000 seeds in just one day. They write about it in their September quarterly report. 

Abundant Seeds grew sales particularly strongly in northern NSW and South Australia, attracting feedback from farmers that the Company’s seed is superior to imported competitors.

"Our Cucumber seed demand increased from growers directly who are seeking alternatives better suited to Australian conditions, largely in northern NSW around the Woolgoolga and mid-north coast area", they reveal. "Winter trials undertaken in the area indicated that our variety was a better-suited option against extreme cold stress and root disease. Producers involved in these trials are now seeking Abundant seeds for spring and summer production, so we expect demand to continue to rise." 

The demand also increased for the Company’s mini cucumber varieties in South Australia, as well as with the introduction of some Lebanese crops in the Virginia region on Adelaide’s outskirts. Growers reported exceptional plant vigor and high quality fruit.

In 2019, AS anticipates further trials with growers and increase in seed demand for crops including cucumbers and tomatoes. Completing trials in key growing areas will allow AS to target additional growing areas in Queensland and Victoria for trials from now through to spring 2019. 

Abundant’s international tomato program continues to develop – with further varieties scheduled for trial and assessment in 2019, current co-hybrid assessments of five crossed varieties is planned for November.

Production in Chile is scheduled to commence over the summer months of hybrid seed ACC 101 to cater for international demand for mini cucumber seeds. Parental seed increases of winter variety ACL 516 is also scheduled to ensure production of hybrids in Australia can keep up with demand, as the Company expects strong domestic demand for this winter variety in the coming 12 months. Both of these varieties are scheduled for planting in Chile early November with an expected early 2019 harvest.  

Abundant Seeds is based in Sydney and Cobbitty and works closely together with the University of Sydney's Plant Breeding Institute. The company is known not only for breeding hybrid greenhouse vegetables, but also for its production of skin care products based on natural vegetable extracts. 

For more information:
Abundant Seeds
Unit 23, 376-380 Eastern Valley Way
Chatswood NSW 2067 Australia
t: +61 475 148 018

Postal Adress
PO Box 3174
Willoughby North NSW 2068  

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