Private Industry


Our purpose is Bringing plant potential to life and we’re a leading agriculture company helping to improve global food security by enabling millions of farmers to make better use of available resources. Through world class science and innovative crop solutions, our 28,000 people in over 90 countries are working to transform how crops are grown. We are committed to rescuing land from degradation, enhancing biodiversity and revitalizing rural communities.

Bayer CropScience

Bayer is a global enterprise with core competencies in the Life Science fields of health care and agriculture. Its products and services are designed to benefit people and improve their quality of life. Bayer, division Crop Science, a leading player in agriculture with a turnover of €10.367 million euros (2015) is a global innovation company; a leader in Seeds, crop protection and non-agricultural pest management.

Bayer is a market leader in the most innovative crop protection products for wheat. It is our goal to further extend our partnerships with wheat growers and industry by offering superior solutions from seed to shelf to improve global cereal production in a sustainable way. In 2010 we have launched our wheat seed business in collaboration with leading wheat research institutions and through selected acquisitions.  In our 10 year plan we are investing €1.5bn in the research and development of new solutions for wheat developing high-yielding seeds and new crop protection products. These solutions include seeds, traits, crop protection products and services to the farmer.


Limagrain, an international cooperative group created and directed by French farmers, moves agriculture forward to meet food challenges. As a creator and producer of plant and cereal varieties, the Group markets seeds and cereal products intended for farmers, growers, home gardeners and for agri-food industrialists and consumers.

Limagrain is the fourth largest seed company in the world (field seeds and vegetable seeds), the European leader for functional flours, and the No. 1 French industrial baker, all with strong brands on their markets.

Limagrain makes sales of almost 2.4 billion Euros and has more than 9,600 employees spread over 55 countries, including more than 2,100 working in research. The Limagrain Cooperative has almost 2,000 farmer members.

DuPont Pioneer

DuPont Pioneer is the world’s leading developer and supplier of advanced plant genetics, providing high-quality seeds to farmers around the world. With product sales in 90 countries, Pioneer provides local agronomic support and service to help increase farmer productivity and profitability and strives to develop sustainable agricultural systems for people everywhere.

Our future and the future of agriculture depend on leading with purpose, strong core values and people who are focused on making a difference. This is something Pioneer has always believed in and is part of how we do business. Pioneer is 90 years strong – and we are proud to continue a legacy of partnering with farmers and collaborating in projects that help alleviate hunger. Science with Service Delivering SuccessTM. 


KWS SAAT SE has a long tradition as a seed breeding company, founded in 1847 and still family-owned. Today, it is an international market leader in seed breeding, with subsidiaries worldwide and operations in more than 70 countries, optimizing genetic potential through excellent research and breeding programs and a broad crop portfolio of agricultural crops including wheat. With a turnover in excess of €1.2 billion, KWS is committed to growth. KWS has significant wheat breeding activities located in Germany, France, UK and USA and a strong network of collaborative wheat research with universities and institutes around the world.


Maharashtra Hybrid Seeds Company Private Limited (popularly known as Mahyco) is the pioneer of high quality hybrid and open pollinated seeds in the country. Founded in 1964 by Dr. B. R. Barwale, Mahyco is one of the largest private sector seed companies in India. Dr. Barwale is also widely regarded as the father of the Indian seed industry and has received several awards for his outstanding contribution to the agriculture industry, including the 12th World Food Prize by the World Food Prize Foundation in 1998, Padma Bhushan, from Hon’ble President of India in 2001, and most recently Maharashtra Corporate Excellence (Maxell) Lifetime Achievement Award 2016.Mahyco is engaged in research, development, production, processing and marketing of over 115 products including cotton, cereals, oilseeds and vegetables. It has to its credit 16 notified research varieties. Through the use of cutting edge technology and intensive research activities, Mahyco has revolutionized the agrarian face of the country. The company has a state-of-the art R&D centre at Dawalwadi near Jalna in Maharashtra, with an on-going hybrid breeding program in over 7 crop species. Apart from the main R&D centre in Jalna, Mahyco has two other research centres, several research farms and 18 other location offices distributed across the country with over 150 scientists engaged in the research programs. The ISO 9001-2008 certification awarded to Mahyco is the largest multi-location certification in India covering 59 locations. Mahyco was the first seed company worldwide to successfully commercialize F1 hybrid cotton based on GMS/CMS system. It was also the first private enterprise in India to produce and market hybrids in sorghum, pearl millet, wheat and sunflower. In 2002, Mahyco strengthened its product offerings by releasing India’s first GM crop – Bt Cotton. Mahyco has a long track-record of supporting and participating in innovative research and initiatives in agriculture in partnership with public institutes and private companies. It has actively participated in a number of projects under the aegis of the Department of Biotechnology (DBT), Government of India.

LongReach Plant Breeders

LongReach Plant Breeders is a commercial wheat breeding business established in 2002 to develop wheat varieties for Australian wheat growers and the export market. LongReach is a joint venture between ADVANTA Pty Ltd, and Syngenta Australia Pty Ltd, The national wheat breeding program is designed to deliver high yielding varieties with attractive traits for all the key production zones in the Australian wheat belt. LongReach understands the need for breeding programs to respond quickly to the needs of growers, marketers and end-users. The use of advanced technology allows LongReach to meet market requirements.


Founded in 1919 and established in all major European agricultural regions, RAGT Semences, produces and sells seeds including wheat, barley, oilseed rape, oats, forage grass and soil health crops.

Innovation is vital to us, that’s why we spend over 14% of our turnover in research and breeding, supporting 17 subsidiaries, 17 research stations, 280 000 experimental plots and 4 multi-species laboratories. Today, more than 775 people are working in the RAGT Seeds group, of which 280 are dedicated to research. RAGT 2n, the company’s research subsidiary, has 39 breeding programmes in 26 species, with 6 programmes dedicated to wheat breeding.


Seed Co Limited`s mission is to Breed, Seed, Feed and Lead in Africa. Seed Co `s cornerstone is market-oriented Research and Development in bread wheat, hybrid maize, soyabean and sorghum hybrids. Field Crop varieties are developed and bred at Seed Co`s strategically located research stations in all three corners of Africa. In order to address fully the food security needs of Africa, Seed Co thrives on a wide seed distribution network and contract grower base within its Business Units to provide suitable and adapted certified seed varieties to large and small-scale farmers across the African continent. Seed Co has 76 years’ experience in providing high quality seeds to African farmers.