During the 25th Asian Seed Congress, the Access to Seeds Foundation will present its first Regional Index for South & Southeast Asia in Manila, the Philippines. Out of the 24 seed companies evaluated for their activities in 2016/17, Bayer was ranked No. 2, showing “consistently high scores across all measurement areas,” the Index reports.
“We are proud that our efforts to grant smallholder farmers access to high-quality seeds and help them grow their businesses are recognized,” said Jens Hartmann, Head of the Asia Pacific Region for the Crop Science Division of Bayer. “Companies like Bayer play an important role in improving access to seeds for farmers in emerging markets like South and Southeast Asia. The ranking shows we are on the right track, and motivates us to do even better in the future. We already leverage our deep experience in rice, millet and cotton. With the integration of Monsanto, we aim to expand our global footprint in vegetables and corn, as well as tailored digital services.”