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Syngenta announce results for third year of The Good Growth Plan

Syngenta Progress 2560x1600 Media 2Syngenta highlighted results for the third year of The Good Growth Plan on 27 March, which comprises six ambitious commitments for 2020 to support the sustainability of agriculture and the development of rural communities


In 2016, Syngenta projects enhanced biodiversity and soil conservation on a cumulative 9.2 mn ha of land, creating rich, connected wildlife habitats in 34 countries. Together, these soil and biodiversity programs cover an area close to the size of Portugal. A key contribution came from the Soja+Verde project in Brazil, where we are working in partnership with The Nature Conservancy (TNC) on the restoration of rainforest in agricultural landscapes.

To assess our progress on crop productivity, we collected data from 3,700 farms in 42 countries. This shows that the productivity and resource efficiency of those Reference farms which use our protocols were nearly 4 per cent higher than the Benchmark farms.

In addition, we reached over 16.5 mn smallholders with those participating in our Reference Farms benefiting from an 8 per cent productivity increase. This demonstrates the potential of technology and agronomic training to not only help small holders to feed themselves and their families but also improve their livelihoods. We remain confident of achieving our target of reaching 20 mn smallholders by 2020.

Over the past year, we have also trained nearly 7 mn people in the safe use of our products, bringing the cumulative total to over 17 mn farmers since the plan started – 70 per cent of which are smallholders in developing countries. And we continued to expand our Fair Labor Program which now covers all our seeds suppliers in Latin America and Asia Pacific.

Syngenta Chief Executive Officer, Erik Fyrwald, said “The Good Growth Plan exemplifies the way we do business and, through the data that is now being generated, we are helping farmers to apply best practices and monitor the benefits to the environment and their bottom line. Going forward, we want to evolve the plan further to better understand how farmers can improve the efficiency with which they use water and reduce their carbon emissions. And by continuing to partner with our customers, suppliers and other stakeholders in the food value chain, we will be better able to combine the resources and knowledge required to safely feed the world and take care of our planet”.

The full report including the six commitments can be viewed here

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Far East Agriculture weekly digest - 20th - 26th March

Max Pixel for FEAG 307Here is a brief overview of the week's new on fareasternagriculture.com, from 20 - 27 March 2017

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Buhler Group displays its latest innovations at VIV ASIA 2017

SAS BTHL Bangkok 001At the show, Buhler (Changzhou) Machinery presented the AHCE155 twin-screw extruder, the AHPE900 pelletizer, the Buhler WVD7 corn color sorter and the Tas152 cleaning sieve, as well as its on-site demonstration of the Buhler WinCos automatic control system and the ring die 900

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Case IH gives an insight into the modernisation and mechanisation of farming

Case IH Sugar Cane Harvester Austoft A8000Case IH shares the company’s experience and expertise with visitors at the 5th Commercial Farm Africa summit in Tanzania

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Driving innovations in grain storage with Bentall Rowlands Storage Systems

bentall rowlandsBentall Rowlands Storage Systems is one of the world‘s leading CE Certified, UK manufacturers in grain storage systems


Bentall Rowlands have vast experience in silo design according to ANSI/ASAE EP 433 and EN 1991-4 and we are flexible enough to provide a solution that better meets the customer’s needs.

Bentall Rowlands are able to easily produce any kind of technical documentation to demonstrate compliance to those codes. Additionally, Bentall Rowlands is flexible enough to adapt our designs and calculations to meet the environmental conditions (whether that be snow, wind or seismic activity) required by any local code, anywhere in the world. 

The Bentall Rowlands product range includes; hopper bottom silos, flat bottom silos, smooth wall silos, feed hoppers, catwalks and platforms, water tanks, cleaning/grading, handling equipment. 

Bentall Rowlands have designed, manufactured and installed across several sites in the Far East. 

Case Study Example 

An example of one of  the Bentall Rowlands projects is at Siam Kasikij in Thailand, which is still in perfect condition now and was installed in 2001. In total, there were 25 silos erected to aid with a huge requirement for husk and rice storage in the area.

Here is the breakdown of the project and what was required:

15 off 24.0m diameter x 17 ring for rice (Paddy) storage, with a capacity of 5,000 tons per silo. 

8 off 8.0m diameter x 15 ring hopper bottom silos.

2 off 10.0m diameter x 12 ring hopper bottom silos for husk storage.

For further information about Bentall Rowlands please visit www.bentallrowlands.com.

Alternatively, if you have a project that you would like us to quote for or wish to talk to a member of the team, please contact us on +44 (0) 1724 282828 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

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