Anne Williams, global head of Bayer's protected cropping business, was recently in Australia to gain an understanding of the local value chain, fresh produce markets, and "what growers are looking to grow." She says as a business, Bayer is putting local needs at the heart of its global vegetable seeds strategy.
"The world is at somewhat of a tipping point in terms of climate – Australia in particular, has been at the mercy of a lot of weather this year – and everyone is really taking a serious look at life, jobs, incomes, sustainable production, and food security," Ms. Williams said.
"From Bayer's point of view, we're thinking about how we can continue to support growers to consistently produce great quality, fresh produce in the face of these challenges."
"Everyone has issues dealing with climate change, sustainability, and labor. Each region approaches these challenges differently, but if we apply lessons learned from all over the world, there are some really innovative solutions out there." She said that with their understanding of the challenges and experience gained around the world, Bayer Crop Science is able to support sustainable agriculture at the local level, helping growers produce a greater yield with fewer inputs.
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