Syngenta and Sensako taking hands – why it makes good sense
12 April 2021
Six months ago, Syngenta announced the acquisition of Sensako, a leading seed company with a rich history spanning sixty years.
Get to know Sensako
Sensako is a well-known seed company within the South African seed industry and has made its mark over the years in breeding and research, as well as the production and supply of seed to the South African market. Recently, it once again, began to focus on the summer crops market and established breeding programmes for sunflowers and maize as well as a soybean cultivar testing programme.
Get to know Syngenta
Syngenta has limited cereal seeds expertise in South Africa, having primarily focused on Crop Protection and vegetable seed solutions, and no field crop business in South Africa. This strategic acquisition enables Syngenta to enter the South African seeds market quicker in wheat, corn and sunflower varieties.
Syngenta is globally recognised as a reputable company providing farmers with vigorous, strong and innovative hybrids, varieties and biotech traits as well as crop protection options to suit all growing conditions.
Benefits of acquisition
The transaction enabled two financially strong companies with established brands to combine into one seed company under the Sensako name ready to service the South African grain producer. Sensako and Syngenta are now well-aligned to address the challenges farmers are facing with well-adapted hybrids and varieties across the grain and cereal spectrum.
How does Syngenta benefit from the transaction?
How does Sensako benefit from the transaction?
This pipeline of high-quality seed not only ensures better and more productive crops, but also plays an important role in mitigating risks associated with grain and cereal production such as disease, pests and climatic diversity, thus enabling farmers to grow food using less land, less water and fewer inputs.