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Seed Co products are the end result of a long term scientific breeding programmes

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The core business of Seed Co is the production and marketing of certified hybrid seeds. The Company’s seed products are the end result of long-term scientific breeding programs. They are designed to add real and consistent value to every farming operation giving farmers the opportunity to be have food surplus year in year out and hence a resultant good standard of living. Seed Co’s hybrid seeds bring with them appropriate immunity, resistance or tolerance to diseases and reliable high yield performance. In 2015 a French company, Limagrain, and one of the leading cereal and vegetable seed companies in the world bought a stake in Seed Co.

Seed Co has managed to grow its continental footprint in its market segment across Africa leveraging the power of the “Seed Co” brand equity and superior seed products with multi-geography adaptability characteristics. The Company, in partnership with Limagrain’s affiliate, HM. Clause, has ventured into the breeding and distribution of vegetable seed business on the African continent under the Primeseedco brand. Seed Co runs the largest single out grower scheme in the seed business and has the most extensive network of farmers, infrastructure, resources, geographical reach and know-how.

The Company has registered operations in the following countries:

  • Botswana
  • Ghana
  • Kenya
  • Malawi
  • Nigeria
  • Rwanda
  • South Africa
  • Tanzania
  • Zambia
  • Zimbabwe

In addition, the Company’s products are also currently being distributed in the following countries:

  • DRC;
  • Ethiopia;
  • Lesotho;
  • Swaziland; and
  • Uganda.

Our highlights over the years have been the following:

  • 1940 Born as Seed Maize Association (SMA)
  • 1949 Rattray and Arnold produced 1st hybrid for sale
  • 1957 Crop Seeds Association formed (CSA)
  • 1960 SR52 (1st commercial hybrid) released
  • 1970 Rattray Arnold Research station purchased
  • 1983 CSA & SMA merged to form Seed Coop
  • 1991 Stapleford facility opened
  • 1991 Kadoma Research Station acquired
  • 1996 Floated on Zimbabwe Stock Exchange
  • 1997 Acquisition of Semoc - Mocambique
  • 1998 Seed Co Zambia established
  • 2000 Seed Co International - Botswana
  • 2000 Seed Co Malawi established
  • 2004 Kenya trading office
  • 2005 Business right sized
  • 2006 Quton acquired
  • 2010 Tanzania SBU established
  • 2010 Search for New Horizons intensifying
  • 2015 Successfully concluded an equity partnership with Limagrain

Seed Co has provided us with a stable market and technical support during the season.

We received a planter, plough and harrow from Seed Co and this greatly improved our lives as communal farmers.

Firstly, I would to thank Seed Co for the opportunity to brag about Seed Co. They are a fantastic company and they have put me on the map.