By the decision of General Meeting of Seed Association of Ukraine of May 31st, 2012 companies Bayer and SAATEN-Union GmbH. joined the SAU. Bayer and SAATEN-Union are the names which mean high quality seed and wide experience in agriculture.
SAATEN-UNION GmbH was founded in 1965 by the association of seven average breeding companies with experience of more than 100 years. In Europe the company has 8 subsidiaries – in Great Britain, France, Czech Republic, Poland, Romania, Hungary, Russia and from 2009 in Ukraine, acting under its own brand.
The company creates robust hybrid varieties and the different climate-resistant grains developed for our European latitudes. SAATEN-UNION’s strategy is to concentrate at each breeding station on a few intensively treated plant varieties. The secret of success is in practical experience, technological leadership and unprecedented diversity of more than 40 crops.
Bayer is a global enterprise with core competencies in the fields of plant protection products and high-tech materials. In Ukraine Bayer LLC is a part of global group Bayer AG with headquarters in Leverkusen, Germany.
In Ukraine Bayer has been working since 1992. In many countries the company sells seed of different crops. Thus, in recent years Bayer CropSciences conducts its own profram of breeding winter rape. In North America Bayer is a market leader in canola seed (spring rape) and is a leader in introducing of new plant protection products. Currently the geography of business for rape spreads to other regions including Europe and South America.
In autumn last year, representatives of Bayer CropSciences said about its entry into the European rape market through the acquisition of rapeseed hybrids, varieties and breeding material of German company Raps GbR. Hybrids which in recent years have become well-known to Ukrainian farmers, as they are characterized by high adaptation to climatic conditions of Central and Eastern Europe.
Worldwide Bayer is known by its leading positions in the seed of rice, cotton, vegetables, soybeans and others. Soon, for Ukraine the other important direction will become seed of wheat breeding program which has already started and has good results.