Monsanto showcases high yielding Seminis® Tomato Hybrid “Abhilash’’


Large gathering of farmers at Seminis® event in Buxar

Patna, Wednesday, 20 January 2018: Monsanto India, a sustainable agriculture company, today showcased its high yielding Seminis® Tomato hybrid "Abhilash" at a mega farmer meet in Buxar district. Many farmers and trade partners participated in the event to witness the benefits of the hybrid. Besides showcasing the high yielding seeds, Monsanto also felicitated 10 farmers for their significant contribution towards sustainable farming.

Farmers in Bihar have always preferred Seminis® seeds for their uniform and heavy fruit setting, faster maturity and increased yields. The "Abhilash" variety of Seminis® hybrid is characterised by shiny red fruits and its exceptional resistance to Tomato Yellow Leaf Curl Virus (TYLCV) which is a major challenge for vegetable farmers.

Manoj Rathore, Regional Sales Manager, Bihar, said, "Through constant engagements with farmers across the country, we, at Monsanto always endeavour to understand the farmer’s needs better. This has enabled developing superior quality seeds suited to varied agronomic conditions, equipping their farms against various vagaries and helping maximize yields. With "Abhilash," farmers can grow plants having an excellent fruit bearing capacity."

Monsanto’s field teams, 80 per cent of them from rural backgrounds, constantly engage with farmers to provide inputs on best crop management practices, enabling secure and optimum yields.

Santosh Kumar, a farmer from, Buxar District said, "Apart from the excellent hybrids, Monsanto team also imparts knowledge on the best agronomic practices like spacing, nursery management, pest & disease management practices. This has helped me immensely in getting a good output from my field."

With an objective to demonstrate new concepts and technologies to various stakeholders, Monsanto has established Centres of Excellence (CoEs) across the country. At these CoEs, farmers witness techniques for Integrated Weed Management, Technology Showcasing, High – Density & Mechanical Planting, Weed Control and Crop Diversification amongst others.

Seminis® hybrid vegetable seeds offer farmers higher yield potential, quick maturity and uniformity in size, shape and colour as compared to using other seed varieties. Consumers have more than 110 distinct vegetable seeds representing major vegetable crops of the country

Monsanto has seven R&D seed breeding facilities for its Seminis® vegetable hybrid seeds across India, and is testing and introducing wider choices of hybrid vegetable seeds suited to diverse agronomic conditions to enable farmers to produce more and improve their lives.

To get any assistance regarding farming and crop management, farmers can reach on Monsanto’s toll-free number, Seminis Gurkulum (180030000303). The toll-free number, which is active from morning 7:00 am to 9:00 pm and is operated by professionally trained service executives.

About Monsanto Company:

Monsanto Company is a leading global provider of technology-based solutions and agricultural products that improve farm productivity and food quality. Monsanto remains focused on enabling both small-holder and large-scale farmers to produce more from their land while conserving more of our world's natural resources such as water and energy.

Monsanto Holdings Pvt. Ltd. (a 100% subsidiary of Monsanto Company) is focused on marketing Seminis® hybrid vegetable seeds.

Seminis® brand of vegetable seeds improve nutrition, quality and productivity of vegetables. We develop products that offer new, healthy choices for consumers and offer more than 110 distinct vegetable seeds presenting major vegetable crops of the country including beans, broccoli, cabbage, cauliflower, cucumber, pickling cucumber, eggplant, gourds, hot pepper, musk melon, onion, radish, squash, sweet pepper, tomato, watermelon and other crops. We hope that by developing vegetables products with excellent flavour and real nutritional benefits, people will enjoy eating more vegetables.

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For further information, please contact:

Arun Gopalakrishnan
Lead – Corporate Communications, Monsanto India t +91 22 2824 7427
m 77382 83718 / 9820517588

Karan Datt
Genesis Burson-Marsteller t +91 22 4417 4501 
m  9920605308