On November 27th, Syngenta opened the doors of its research station in Antalya for the Cucumber Day to welcome customers from the whole region. The aim of the initiative was to show the wide cucumber portfolio and the entire range from short to baby, not forgetting long Dutch varieties.
The experts and breeders presented solutions and the latest innovations that can adapt to diverse cycles and growing environments. Working hand-in-hand with protected field producers, applying the newest and most advanced breeding and seed technologies, Syngenta has the chance to demonstrate a wide selection of varieties with a focus on higher resistances.
Pedro Pleguezuelo, EAME Portfolio Manager Melon and Cucumber
“We were pleased to host this successful event here in Turkey. Cucumber is a key crop in Africa and Middle East markets and thanks to our continuous investments in this crop we aim to grow our shares” said Tuna Saygan, Vegetables Seeds BU Head for South Eastern Europe.
After the station visit, participants reconvened for a conference focused on Syngenta breeding and on the biggest challenge in the cucumber business: viruses. A highlight was the keynote speech of Professor Hakan Fidan, from Antalya University, where he explained that over 40 viruses have been identified in cucurbits. He also underlined how these viruses transmit quickly, without possible chemical control.
Tuna Saygan added: “To complement a very busy week for our business here in Turkey, we also attended the 18th edition of Growtech Eurasia International. With 800 exhibitors and 85.000 visitors, this fair has an increasing international audience showing the importance of the agriculture industry for the area. We decided to focus our presence and messages on people, our passionate Turkish commercial team and also our growers, well represented on one of our booth walls through our 2017 photography award prize. "