Syngenta, a biotechnology company specialized in the research and development of solutions for the protection and improvement of plant crops, has been betting on Almeria's agriculture since the 1980's. Its work in the Andalusian province was underway even before the founding of the company in 2000, which was the result of the merger between the agrotechnology divisions of the Swiss company Novartis and the Swedish company Astra Zeneca.
“Almería is, and will continue to be, the field of Europe. For us, it is a fundamental enclave. The adaptability of Almeria's producers to changes and their capacity for innovation is well known and extraordinary at the same time. We strive to meet their needs as they arise and to offer an increasingly demanding and competitive service,” says Luis Martín, director of the commercial unit for horticultural seeds for Spain, Portugal and Italy.
The current Syngenta Group has 48,000 employees in more than 100 countries and more than 250 years of accumulated experience in the development of new technologies for plant protection and improvement. It is involved in the development of protection solutions against pests and diseases for all types of agriculture, as well as of seeds of varieties for extensive cultivation, horticultural crops, flowers and professional grass. Within the horticultural seeds sector, Syngenta is working on 30 different crop species and offers producers a portfolio of 2,500 vegetable varieties.
The Good Growth Plan
Syngenta has recently presented its new commitment plan to sustainable agriculture: “The Good Growth Plan”. A program that was launched in 2013 and that has successfully met practically all the objectives set to improve agricultural sustainability. The new plan involves the investment of 2 billion dollars over the next five years. The idea is to accelerate innovation and introduce two new technological advances a year that can contribute to tackling the impact of climate change on agriculture.
"We invest a lot in human and economic capital to be able to offer innovative technological tools," says Luis Martín. “Almeria, given its great competitiveness, has innovation at its core. We are working on building a better future for the area, fighting on different fronts. For example, we aim to give our new varieties resistance to pests and diseases, or to reduce waste along the chain and curb our environmental impact. We try to obtain new colors, flavors and shapes that will help our producers stand out in the market.”