Monsanto India showcases high yielding varieties of Seminis ® Hybrid vegetables at Pragati Divas 2016 in Varanasi


Over 800 farmers, dealers & distributors experience latest technological know-how

Varanasi, 9th May 2017: Monsanto India, a globally leading sustainable agriculture company, today organised 'Pragati Divas 2016’ to demonstrate and showcase its Seminis ® hybrid vegetable portfolio. The event organized at Monsanto’s state-of-the-art TOM Centre in Varanasi, was well attended by Smt. Alka Rai, MLA Muhemdabad Ghazipur, Dr. Muthra Rai, Ex. Director Indian Institute of Vegetable Research, Varanasi, Dr. Mayank Rai, Head KVK - Noida, Dr. S.S. Singh, Head KVK Dehradun, Dr. R R Singh, Head KVK – Faizabad and Dr.Tribhuwan Singh, Ex - HOD BHU, Dept. of Agricultural Sciences. In addition, the event also witnessed participation from more than 850 farmers, dealers and distributors from adjoining villages.

Visitors at the Pragati Divas witnessed various varieties of vegetable hybrids covering tomato, chilli, polebeans, cucumber, cauliflower, cabbage, okra, and watermelon. Farmers were also provided details on the salient features of the upcoming hybrids in maize and vegetables. They were also enlightened on the breeding science behind development of these hybrids; while being walked through kiosks displaying the advantages of technology in agriculture.

“Farmers in Uttar Pradesh have preferred Seminis® seeds for their uniform and heavy fruit setting, faster maturity and increased yields. Seminis® hybrids have excellent attributes and high fruit bearing capacity.” said Jitendra Joshi, Profit Centre Head, North & East.  

At the event, visitors witnessed vegetables grown from Monsanto’s Seminis® hybrid vegetable seeds and experienced the successes from latest crop management practices.Farmers were also provided details of traditional plant breeding techniques, modern science behind Seminis ® vegetable seeds and the correct Insect-Pest Management. Participating farmers were also taken on a tour of the breeding station which is spread across 7 acres. 

Saket Bhatnagar Commercial Lead - Vegetables, South Asia & South East Asia, Monsanto said, “We are delighted with the response we have received for one of our flagship initiatives. This is a testimony to the faith that farmers have shown on Seminis® Hybrid seeds. We develop hybrids that offer higher yield potential, improved quality, uniformity, flavour and nutrition, as well as better resistance to insect pests and adverse environmental conditions. Through constant engagement with farmers across the country, we endeavour to understand their needs and requirements better; and develop superior quality seeds, suited to varied agronomic conditions.” 

Sharing his experience, Divendra Singh, farmer from Kundesher village in Ghazipur, said, “I am very happy with excellent output that I have received using Abhilash® tomato hybrids in my field. The hybrid has high yields and uniformity over multiple pickings. Moreover, it has shown high resistance and consistence in adverse climate. Abhilash® has helped me fetch excellent prices for my produce.”

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.

Monsanto’s Vegetable breeding station at Varanasi was established in the year 2012 and is spread over seven acres area of land focusing on testing of new and existing hybrids. This facility focuses on developing tomato, sweet pepper, hot pepper and cauliflower hybrids especially suited for the various agro-climatic conditions of the region.

Monsanto has seven R&D and 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. 

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, Paras and Deltapine hybrid cotton 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