Aug. 23, 2019
The new seed processing plant of KWS, in the Buenos Aires town of Manuel Ocampo
With the presence of foreign officials, legislators and executives, the new corn seed processing plant of the German company KWS in Manuel Ocampo was inaugurated , about 20 kilometers from Parchment. The firm seeks to double its participation in the local seed market in the coming years, especially in corn hybrids.
As confirmed by the local subsidiary, this stage of investment made the Manuel Ocampo plant one of the most modern in Argentina. "Its unique process design allowed doubling annual production and reaching a capacity of 700,000 bags. More than 70 permanent jobs were generated and more than 40 temporary employees will be hired per campaign, " they explained.
KWS is a German-based seed company founded in 1856 with a presence in 70 countries. Just arrived from Germany to Buenos Aires, Hagen Duenbostel, spokesman and member of the firm's Executive Council, was the first speaker of the event. "More than 20 years ago we decided to invest in Argentina and we associated with Eugenio Gardella. Our goal is not only to sell a bag of seeds but to commit ourselves to accompany the producer from planting to harvest: we want to be close to them, " he explained to the people that is here.
"Our goal is not only to sell a bag of seeds but to commit ourselves to accompany the producer from planting to harvest: we want to be close to them," said Hagen Duenboster, executive board of KWS
The businessman also indicated that the priority of the company is to optimize the genetics of the seeds. "DNA is worth nothing if we don't have quality: for us, not only plant breeding is important, but also the expansion of our crops. 40% of our employees are dedicated to research, " he explained.
The plant is located at kilometer 19.5 of provincial route 32. Alexander Drotschmann, director of the Business Unit in the Americas, said that since 2016 the seed company invested more than 10 million euros in Argentina and that the challenge The global agricultural sector is "to produce more and better in a sustainable way for a world population that grows every day".
In turn, Gustavo Munk, Production Manager of South America, said that the new corn processing plant will be able to produce 700 thousand bags of high quality seeds and invited those present to tour it. Meanwhile, Federico Larrosa, product and marketing manager, added: "This inauguration is not the end of anything: it is the beginning and beginning of other challenges . A few years ago we grew slowly but on a solid basis: today we have the challenge of showing the results we obtained during that time of preparation. In Argentina, KWS has 150 employees always providing the best genetics to the producer . "
The event was attended by the provisional president of the Senate of the Nation, Federico Pinedo; the head of the Cabinet of the Ministry of Agriculture, Livestock and Fisheries, Santiago Del Solar; the head of the undersecretary of Agriculture, Livestock and Fisheries of the province of Buenos Aires Miguel Tezanos Pinto; the mayor of Parchment, Javier Martínez; the president of Maizar, Alberto Morelli; the head of the National Seed Institute (Inase), Raimundo Lavignolle; Alfredo Paseyro, Executive Director of the Association of Argentine Seedlings (ASA); the president of Aacrea, Michael Dover, among others.
Gonzalo Bravo, commercial manager; and Federico Larrosa, product and marketing manager of KWS, assured that “this inauguration is the beginning and beginning of other challenges”
Legislators and officials highlighted the investment
In a dialogue with Infobae , Senator Pinedo said: "This is a very difficult time for Argentina and the fact that one of the best biotechnology research companies in the world to invest in a model plant in the province of Buenos Aires comes is very important for everyone , not only because of direct or indirect work but because it is a sign of the enormous effort the country is making to feed the world. "
For its part, Santiago del Solar said: "In the last four years the area of corn sowing has increased almost 50% and this is one of the investments that come behind that growth . We are very happy because we are seeing that materialize in the expansion of a high-tech plant of a German company that redoubled its bet in Argentina. "
Finally, Tezanos Pinto said that the inauguration of the facilities in Parchment are the result of a national policy that encouraged foreign companies to settle in Argentina. " This is the course that the country clearly has to follow ," he concluded.
Editor's note: This article was originally published in Spanish. This English summary has been prepared with Google Translate and edited for clarity.