ACI Seed, through its unique portfolio “Vegetables-EWS” is joining hands with globally renowned East-West Seed in registering and launching of 71 high-performing and high-quality vegetable seeds which can be highly beneficial to smallholder farmers. On 2 September 2020, the new business launched formally through a virtual program organized by ACI Seed and East West Seed jointly with the direct participation of farmers from demo field, retailers and dealers from shop. MD & CEO, ACI Agribusiness, ACI Seed Head Office and Sales Team, the employees of East West Seed Bangladesh and the high officials of East West Seed India were the guests of the launching event. ACI Seed also conducted a 2-days campaign program all over the country along with the launching program. All varieties under the new business have been tested in Bangladesh with farmers across locations such as Jashore, Mymensingh, Cumilla and Chattogram.
In his remarks, Mr. Dilip Rajan, Managing Director of East-West Seed, said, "Smallholder farmers face many challenges in these difficult times, quality, and transportability of their produce to the marketplace being the major ones. We have chosen to introduce hybrids suitable for the market while offering higher productivity with greater resilience to pests and disease, ensuring a better flavor and experience for the consumers. In these troubled times, vegetables represent a real contribution to the development and offer a better economic choice for the smallholder farmers. High-value crops grown on smaller farms can yield better returns. Bangladesh is a very important market for East-West Seed."
Dr. F. H. Ansarey, Managing Director & CEO, ACI Agribusiness, said, "We are happy to be associated with the East-West Seed, one of the early pioneers in breeding, producing, and delivering high-quality vegetable seeds. With decades of experience behind us, we can effectively reach out to smallholder farmers with suitable products that ensure quality and high productivity. We are very much pleased to be associated with East-West Seed to provide high-quality seed among the farmers across the country for productivity and increase the income of the farmer. This co-operation will be able to bring hi-tech Seed matching with a changed environment, market, and consumer needs.
East-West Seed is a leading Vegetable Seed Company in the world having very strong Research, Production, and Processing facilities across the world. We strongly believe that together we can greatly contribute to the agricultural development of Bangladesh and improvement of livelihood development of farmers."
East-West Seed is a global leader in the tropical vegetable seeds market with three and a half decades of experience in breeding, producing, and delivering high-quality vegetable seeds. Founded by Dr. Simon Groot, winner of the World Food Prize 2019, East-West Seed is ranked #1 in the 2019 Global Access to Seed Index, recognizing the commitment and performance in providing the World's smallholder farmers access to quality seeds.