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Syngenta to showcase sustainable veg

The company's Fields of Innovation event will demonstrate new variety innovation that meets sustainability challenges

Syngenta to showcase sustainable veg

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Seed and agriculture specialist Syngenta is set to host an event in the Netherlands showcasing exciting new varieties and future developments in vegetable production.

The Fields of Innovation event, which takes place in Wervershoof, the Netherlands, on 24-26 September, will have a focus on sustainable production, with growers able to look at how Syngenta's new variety innovation can help meet the key challenges of climate change and labour availability over the coming seasons.

According to Syngenta, new brassica, squash, onion and leafy crop varieties have been selected specifically for the event, to help sustainable business growth for growers and the whole value chain.

Sustainable aim

New Syngenta brassica varieties on show include cauliflower, cabbage and Brussels sprouts, all selected because they enable more efficient growing, mechanical harvesting and processing – aiming to reduce costs and assure timely harvesting of high quality produce.

Extending Syngenta Vegetable Seeds integration with growers’ whole production systems, this year’s Fields of Innovation will also feature the latest in-field working displays of mechanical harvesting techniques.

Furthermore, responding to the threats posed by extreme weather events from climate change, new Syngenta Champion cabbage varieties are proven to perform well through prolonged dry periods. Along with new heat tolerant cauliflower varieties, producing reliable yields of high quality curds under difficult conditions should be made easier.

For leafy crop growers, Fields of Innovation offers the chance to see high-yielding varieties across all types. The focus is on excellent field performance with powerful natural disease resistances, in conjunction with exceptional packing and processing.

Among the other vegetable varieties on show will be the launch of a new squash variety, the first intermediate red onion from Syngenta, and onions selected to meet the challenges of growers, from long-day production in North-West Europe, right down to intermediate varieties for Africa and the Middle East.

Looking to welcome more than 1200 visitors from over 50 countries to the Fields of Innovation, Syngenta head EAME vegetable seeds, Arend Schot, said: “Our genetics help growers increase marketable yield in a sustainable way. Our passion for innovation supports the complete chain to meet consumer demand for high quality vegetables all year round.”

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