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The core business of Seed Co is the production and marketing of certified hybrid seeds. The Company’s seed products are the end result of long-term scientific breeding programmes. They are designed to add real and consistent value to every farming operation, giving farmers the opportunity to have food surplus year in and year out resulting in a good standard of living. Seed Co’s hybrid seeds bring with them appropriate immunity, resistance or tolerance to diseases and reliable high yield performance. In 2015 a French company, Limagrain, one of the leading cereal and vegetable seed companies in the world, bought a stake in Seed Co.

Seed Co has managed to grow its continental footprint in its market segment across Africa, leveraging the power of the “Seed Co” brand equity and superior seed products which are adaptable to multi-geographical settings. The Company, in partnership with Limagrain’s affiliate, HM. Clause, has ventured into the breeding and distribution of vegetable seed business on the African continent under the Primeseedco brand. Seed Co runs the largest single out grower scheme in the seed business and has the most extensive network of farmers, infrastructure, resources, geographical reach and know-how.

Seed Co has registered operations in the following countries:

  • Botswana
  • Ghana
  • Kenya
  • Malawi
  • Nigeria
  • Rwanda
  • South Africa
  • Tanzania
  • Zambia
  • Zimbabwe

In addition, the Company’s products are also currently being distributed in the following countries:

  • DRC
  • Ethiopia
  • Lesotho
  • Swaziland
  • Uganda

Our highlights over the years have been the following:

  • 2015

    Successfully concluded an equity partnership with Limagrain

  • 2010

    Search for New Horizons intensifying

  • 2010

    Tanzania SBU established

  • 2006

    Quton acquired

  • 2005

    Business right sized

  • 2004

    Kenya trading office

  • 2000

    Seed Co Malawi established

  • 2000

    Seed Co International - Botswana

  • 1998

    Seed Co Zambia established

  • 1997

    Acquisition of Semoc - Mocambique

  • 1996

    Floated on Zimbabwe Stock Exchange

  • 1991

    Stapleford facility opened

  • 1991

    Kadoma Research Station acquired

  • 1983

    CSA & SMA merged to form Seed Co-op

  • 1970

    Rattray Arnold Research station purchased

  • 1960

    SR52 (1st commercial hybrid) released

  • 1957

    Crop Seeds Association formed (CSA)

  • 1949

    Rattray and Arnold produced 1st hybrid for sale

  • 1940

    Born as Seed Maize Association (SMA)

Seed Co has provided us with a stable market and technical support during the season.

We received a planter, plough and harrow from Seed Co and this greatly improved our lives as communal farmers.

Firstly, I would to thank Seed Co for the opportunity to brag about Seed Co. They are a fantastic company and they have put me on the map.