Hyderabad facility supports the country’s ambition to become a key global seed exporter

Syngenta Vegetable Seeds has inaugurated a new seed health laboratory in Hyderabad, India.

Syngenta Hyderabad Seed Health Lab

According to the group, the state-of-the-art lab is one of the most advanced seed testing facilities in the world and represents India’s first dedicated seed health lab.

The facility will serve growers in India, across the Asia Pacific region and beyond.

Located in Nuthankal village near Hyderabad, the lab becomes part of Syngenta’s global network of vegetable seed quality control labs.

This includes centres of excellence in the US and the Netherlands, which supports Syngenta’s mission to deliver the highest quality vegetable seed products to growers around the world.

“High-quality, healthy seed is the foundation of success in the field for our customers,” said Nishchint Bhatia, head of Asia Pacific for Syngenta Vegetable Seeds.

“This investment highlights our commitment to ensuring growers have a reliable supply of healthy, disease-free seed,” he noted. ”This world-class facility also supports ‘Make in India’ and India’s growing leadership role in agriculture and vision to become a key global seed exporter.”

Built for US$2.4m (INR 20 Cr), the 6,500ft2 facility is currently capable of processing 12,000 virus/bacterial tests per year with capacity to expand with future growth.

Syngenta said that the the facility is compliant with seed health test regulations in India and will be aligned with international accreditation programmes such as International Seed Health Initiative (ISHI) and Naktuinbouw Authorized Laboratories (NAL).

The lab is also seeking export certification and local accreditation with the National Accreditation Board for Testing and Calibration Laboratories (NABL).

“Global seed stewardship and promoting seed health in the global movement of seeds is critical to protecting the integrity of growers’ crops and safeguarding global supply chains and global food security,” said Erik Postma, global head of quality management for Syngenta Vegetable Seeds and Flowers.

“Detailed care must be taken with every seed that makes it to a grower,” he confirmed. ”This is a shared responsibility of the entire seed industry, which is why we’re proud to offer our seed testing services to other seed companies to support international phytosanitary standards.”

Syngenta’s Hyderabad site was first established in 2009 and is home to more than 250 full-time and seasonal employees and workers supporting seed processing, quality control and supply operations.