Syngenta Seeds is investing more than 330 million to increase production capacity, expand a new factory to produce the largest hybrid maize seed production in Thailand and ASEAN in Lopburi Province. Ready to aim to be Thailand’s leader as an export hub
On December 2, 2022, Syngenta Seeds Thailand officially organized the opening of a new factory at the Lopburi factory, with Mr. Amphon Angkhaphakornkul the Governor of Lopburi Province honored to be the chairman together with Mr. Justin Wulf, Chairman of the Syngenta Seeds Business Executive Board, Headquarters; Heads of relevant government agencies and business partners celebrated the opening ceremony of the expansion and installation of the most advanced machinery in the Asia-Pacific region.
Mr. Justin Wulf, CEO of Seed Business, Syngenta Headquarters, said as the world’s leading developer and producer of animal feed corn kernels, Syngenta is committed to long-term investments in Thailand’s agricultural sector. we have brought the knowledge and skills of long experience together with the expertise of the team in Thailand to apply it to agriculture in Thailand With the hard work of our team This makes more farmers choose to buy our products and our share of the market increases significantly. We are committed to helping Thai farmers and our partners to be more successful in the future. Along with continuing to invest several million baht every year Research and develop innovations to get modern products and technologies to the market. which is the heart of food security in Thailand and helping to build a sustainable food production system.
“We are proud to announce that Syngenta has invested over 330 million baht to bring in the most advanced and cutting edge technology. to produce high quality hybrid corn seeds and meet the needs of most farmers And to demonstrate our commitment to offer the best products to Thai farmers. Syngenta will continue to innovate. This shows that our team is always ready for the challenges of the future.”
Mr Pichaya Ruchirawat, Syngenta’s Director of Seed Production and Distribution for Thailand and Vietnam, said, “This expansion increases the production capacity up to 10 tonnes per hour. From the original it can only do 3 tons per hour It focuses on developing a production process that uses technology from Germany and Japan to drive the process of producing hybrid seeds for quality animal feed. This reinforces the company’s commitment to be the largest producer of maize seed for animal feed in Thailand and ASEAN.”
“In addition, Syngenta Seeds’ new extension work is controlled by an intelligent computer system. Robotic arms are used to sort goods, increase safety, reduce heavy labor and the risk of potential accidents. which can check the operation through the wireless network system And there is also an independent dust removal system in each part of the machine. to prevent air pollution during operation So, it is a factory that is safe and environmentally friendly at the same time.”
with this modern technology Syngenta Seeds can produce hybrid maize seeds. It is manufactured under NK brand trade name as NK6253, NK6848, NK7321, NK8216, NK6275, S7328 and S6248 for domestic use and export to various countries such as Vietnam, Cambodia, Myanmar, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Ecuador and Guatemala
in terms of producing high quality seeds Here, the DNA of the maize will be examined to see if the characteristics of the varieties are correct according to the breeding process or not. Seeds were randomly examined to test their germination rate and vigor. Syngenta seeds have a high germination rate of not less than 95 percent (by law only to exceed 76 percent) and a seed moisture content of not more than 12 percent, in accordance with the standards set by the Ministry of Agriculture and Cooperatives In addition, modern technology is used to sort seeds to achieve physical purity and standard size. With new developments, the hybrid maize seeds can be produced. quality in terms of germination rate seedling vigor purity of the species physical purity and uniformity of good size which is a hybrid maize variety that can withstand drought conditions Including various diseases and insects, helping to increase production by some enough to meet the needs and increase farmers’ income
In Thailand, demand for maize for animal feed is up to 8-9 million tonnes per year, but there is currently only 5-6 million tonnes of domestic production capacity, and there is still a shortage of 2- 3 million tonnes of Part of the problem has come from maize seeds which are still lacking in terms of seed quality yield Characteristics of the species such as Resistant to pests and rapidly changing environments With this new innovation , will help Thailand reduce the shortage of hybrid maize seeds.
Syngenta Seeds is one of Thailand’s largest maize seed producers and distributors. He has operated a research and seed production business since 1993, anticipating the importance of bringing innovation to solve such problems. It has invested more than 330 million baht by being promoted by the Investment Board Office. Construction of extension factory in Phattana Nikhom District Lopburi Province during the year 2021-2022