KeyGene, the crop innovation company based in Netherlands ,the United States& India, and Mahindra Agri Solutions Ltd. (MASL), a subsidiary of Mahindra & Mahindra Ltd and part of the USD 20.7 billion Mahindra Group, today announced a multi-year strategic research collaboration for key field crops.
KeyGene’s crop innovation platforms will be used for the development of economically important and market relevant traits. This technology collaboration will yield highly productive and more resilient varieties of crops helping to deliver on Mahindra’sFarmTechProsperity brand promise. Most significantly, the collaboration will ensure crop resistance to abiotic stresses such as drought & heat, and biotic stresses like pests and diseases, in MASL’s proprietary germplasm.
Commenting on this new partnership, Ashok Sharma, Managing Director
and CEO, Mahindra Agri Solutions Limited,said
“At MASL, we are committed to Farming 3.0, the new age of farming that
encompasses a range of advanced techniques to elevate the entire agri-ecosystem,
through the provision of customized products and solutions using sustainable
global technologies. KeyGene is a global leader in crop innovation and we are
excited to leverage their expertise, next generation technologies and trait
platforms to develop highly productive and more resilient crops for both the
Indian market and new geographies. I am confident that this strategic global collaboration
will be a win-win for both the companies.”
“We recognize MASL’s
commitment to farmers and regard it as a leader in the arena of bringing
innovative solutions to the market, based on state-of-the art breeding
technology and a strong germplasm base. We are excited to embark on this
journey with MASL and support them in accelerating their breeding programs
using our proprietary technologies and know-how. This will result in improved
non-GM crop varieties and increased MASL business in India and Asia”, said Arjen
van Tunen, CEO of KeyGene.
will enable MASL’s growth in existing key markets as well as new markets and
deliver superior hybrids in focus crops, helping drive the company’s seeds
business into the next orbit of growth. It will further result in
delivering FarmTechProsperity and increase farmers’ income.
KeyGene– The crop innovation company
is the go-to Ag-Biotech company for higher crop yield & quality. With our
intellectual capital, solution driven approach and collaborative spirit, we
work for the future of global agriculture with partners in the Agri-Food
sector. Using our proprietary technologies and non-GM approaches, we support
customers with the development of new and improved crops. Our goal is to help
organizations with their toughest R&D challenges, combining our
cutting-edge breeding technologies, bioinformatics & data science expertise
and plant-based trait platforms. At KeyGene, we work in an international
environment with more than 140 professionals from all over the world.