DuPont expands in the Ukraine

Agri-company DuPont opened a $40 million (R400 million) maize, sunflower seed and oilseed rape hybrids production facility in Ukraine last week.

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 The production facility will be operational in time for the 2013 and 2014 production seasons. It has a production capacity of 500 000 units of maize and sunflower hybrid seed per annum. DuPont executive vice president, James C. Borel said the investment demonstrated DuPont’s on-going commitment to help meet the world’s growing demand for nutritious food. “This facility, built in one of the most productive maize and sunflower growing regions of the world, will provide Ukrainian farmers with superior products to meet their needs.”

Regional director, DuPont Pioneer Europe, Jeff Rowe said the investment showed the company’s commitment to the Ukraine. “We want to be recognised as a key player in developing the Ukrainian agricultural sector, but we cannot do that alone and therefore we look forward to collaborating with local stakeholders. Our future success and investments also will depend on the appropriate regulatory, political and agricultural production environment, as we strive to be a reliable partner for our customers and for the Ukrainian government,” he said. Ukraine hoped to almost double its grain production.