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Bayer Opens New $200M Corn Seed Processing Plant

September 5, 2018
Image courtesy of Bayer
Image courtesy of Bayer

German pharmaceuticals, chemicals and agricultural products maker Bayer officially opened its new, $200 million corn seed processing facility in Pochuiky, Ukraine on Wednesday to support the growth of its DEKALB brand in the country. 

“This facility is conveniently situated in one of Ukraine’s most productive agricultural regions, where many Ukrainian farmers plant their crops.,” said Bayer’s site lead in Ukraine, Remi Deï-Tos, in a company press release. “Thanks to the team engagement, state-of-the-art technology and optimized logistics, we will be able to meet the ever-growing demand of Ukrainian farmers for superior-quality corn seed.”

The plant features a processing a processing capacity of 750,000 units of seed per year that will serve some 2500 farmers across Ukraine with DEKALB corn seed. Bayer said it plans to expand the facility at a later date to enable the facility to export some of its products to international markets. 

“This investment demonstrates Bayer’s strong commitment to Ukraine. With more than 25 years of successful history in Ukraine, we have always been a key player in developing the country’s agricultural sector,” Dr. Dirk Backhaus, member of the executive leadership team of Bayer’s Crop Science division, said in a statement. “Bayer will continue working with farmers in Ukraine and is also planning to export its high-quality corn seed to EU states.”

Two dryers and a logistics center will be operational at the site prior to the 2019 planting season. Bayer plans to hire 85 permanent workers and 220 seasonal employees at the Pochuiky plant. 

Bayer acquired the DEKALB brand in its recently-completed acquisition of Monsanto, the world’s largest seed provider. According to the German firm, the corn seeds were developed “traditional breeding methods.”

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