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Associate Members of Seed Association of Ukraine

LLC “Agroscope Ukraine

Since 2002, LLC “Agroscope Ukraine” has been developing steadily and fast as one of the most successful, professional and dynamic national distributors of crop and seed protection products, and plant nutrition systems from leading manufacturers, whose names are a guarantee of quality.

Mission of LLC “Agroscope Ukraine” consists of development and implementation of the effective solutions and innovations in agricultural technology thereby contributing to the progressive development of agro-industrial sector of Ukraine.

Philosophy of the company offers our partners modern technology and consulting support throughout the period of crop growing. It has six certified warehouses in Ternopil, Khmelnitsky, Cherkasy, Uman, Kharkov, Nikolaev, its own fleet of freight transport, that helps to ensure fast and accurate order delivery and to provide safe custody of clients’ goods in certified warehouses of the company.

During 2002-2011 the company has been demonstrating solid financial performance and increasing the potential for development, gradually gaining leadership in the distribution in the agricultural sector of Ukraine.


The main activity of the company, based in 1993, is selling all the necessary means of production for agriculture:

  • Plant protection
  • Seeds of Field Crops
  • Fertilizer
  • Combined and supplement feeds

Agencies and network of regional warehouses of the company are presented throughout Ukraine.

Economies are served by highly qualified professionals who provide advice on various aspects of the technologies of agricultural cultures.

More than 5,000 households cooperate with our company and, according to market analysis, company “Eridon” is the largest company in Ukraine with the distribution of plant protection products, imported seeds and fertilizers. Obligations compliance, a wide range of products and logistics efficiency allow us to expand customer base each year.

Nuseed Ukraine (Nufarm, llc)

Nufarm Limited is one of the world’s leading crop protection and specialist seeds companies. We produce products to help farmers protect their crops against damage caused by weeds, pests and disease.

With manufacturing and marketing operations based in Australia, New Zealand, Asia, Europe and the Americas, Nufarm employs more than 3,400 people, all of whom make a vital contribution to the company’s reputation for quality products, innovation and first class marketing and technical support.

Nufarm is listed on the Australian Stock Exchange (symbol NUF) and its head office is located at Laverton in Melbourne.

LLC “Hazera Ukraine” (previously known as LLC “Nickerson-Zwaan Ukraine”)

Hazera is a global leader in the seed industry. Hazera brings expertise commitment and support, combining decades of experience with state-of-the-art technology. Hazera breeds, develops, produces and markets varieties and seeds in a wide range of vegetable crops around the world.

Hazera’s headquarters are situated in Israel and in The Netherlands, with subsidiaries in twelve countries and an extensive distribution network providing services in over 100 additional markets. This worldwide presence enables us to be close to our customers. It allows us to offer technical support and to anticipate and respond to local needs by creating varieties that fit specific climates.

The world-known breeding and seed company Rijk Zwaan began its activity in Ukraine in 1998 and in 2000 a subsidiary Rijk Zwaan Ukraine LLC was opened. Today it is an international company engaged in breeding and seed production of vegetable crops, it is focused on developing high quality varieties and hybrids for enterprises professionally engaged in vegetable farming. Company’s seed is for industrial cultivation in protected and open ground.

Rijk Zwaan has 10 large breeding stations located in different climatic zones of the world and it is one of the five leading companies specializing in breeding and seed production of vegetables.

Rijk Zwaan Ukraine LLC is the market leader in vegetable seeds; high quality service and support of manufacturers; a wide range of vegetable seeds; modern production technology of vegetables adapted to different soil and climatic and economic conditions; cooperation with the main vegetable market participants (producers, processing companies, wholesale and retail trade); training and exchange of experience at the international level.

Established in 1992, soon after Ukraine became independent, Pakharenko & Partners is one of the key players among intellectual property and law firms in Central Europe with offices in Kyiv, Ukraine and London, UK.

“Dow Seeds” is a new brand in the seed market of Ukraine.

“Dow AgroSciences” is a company, well known to Ukrainian agrarians, with a worldwide reputation due to a number of unique, highly efficient and economic means of plant protection. It is difficult to find an agronomist who doesn’t known herbicides Prima, Galera, Trophy, Citadel, Dominator, insecticide Nurel or fungicide Ditan, etc. Its success on the market, the company owes to strong technological and scientific research platform and a significant investment in design and development of innovative technologies and strategies. Currently, one of the new areas of the company is seed business.
“Dow AgroSciences” seeds are known to European markets under the brand Dow Seeds. The main focus of scientists is on strategic crops for company – sunflower, maize and rape.
Seed breeding of Dow Seeds is based on the achievements of modern genetics and reducing time cycle of creating of hybrids and parental components through the use of advanced innovative technologies.
In Ukraine Dow Seeds presents a number of sunflower and maize hybrids. Sunflower seed is grown and processed in the United States and Argentina, and maize seed – only in Europe.

“Bizon-Tech 2006” is a young and ambitious company that has rapidly broken off into the life of Ukrainian agrarians and for a short time it has captured its place on the market, having gained the reputation of a reliable business partner.
Products which “Bizon-Tech 2006” sells are high-quality seeds of crops from world known companies, a wide range of fertilizers, and reliable plant protection products from world producers which will increase your harvest.
“Bizon-Tech 2006” is an official distributor of the following seed producers: Syngenta, Pioneer, Limagrain, Monsanto, Caussade Semance, May Agro, Maisadour Semance, Euralis Semance, Advanta Seeds.
The company has extensive network of warehouses for products storage throughout Ukraine.
The best conditions of supply and individual loan programs were created for clients of “Bizon-Tech 2006”. As well the company offers selection of hybrids that are ideal for growing in your fields, consultations and detailed recommendations on the relevance and ways of using fertilizers and plant protection products.
We are always happy to help you!

The company Sesvanderhave-Ukraine is leading among West European producers of sugar beet seeds in Ukrainian seed market. Evidence of it is selling of hundreds of thousands of sowing units annually. In Ukraine, Sampo Rozenlew Ltd is represented by Sesvanderhave – Ukraine LLC. It has ultra-modern seed plant in the village Gogoliv of Brovary district of Kyiv region.

Today, the company conducts research only with sugar beet using the highest combination of resources and new technologies. It is the only company that is 100% focused on creating sugar beet hybrids.

Modern seed plant Sesvanderhave-Ukraine LLC uses raw materials grown both in Ukraine and imported. Seed fully meets the standards for sowing qualities.

A leading company, which, as a result of a good understanding of market needs, research and development, provides constant contribution to the cultivation of sugar beet in Ukraine. Proof of this is that our country is still among the largest sugar beet countries, despite the reduction in the area for sowing sugar beet in recent years.

SAATEN-UNION GmbH is an international seed company with the headquarters based in Hanover, Germany.

Breeding activities and seed production in many cereal species, oil crops and catch & cover crops are carried out intensively by the seven shareholders of SAATEN-UNION. A strong emphasis is set to develop the markets for hybrid cereals. Maize, sunflower, sorghum and soybean complete the wide range of products SAATEN-UNION is offering to the markets.

Enza Zaden company was was founded in 1938. Nowadays it develops new vegetable varieties that are grown, sold and consumed all over the world. It’s very likely that you’ll often find tomatoes, cucumbers, sweet peppers, lettuce or other vegetables developed by the company on your plate. Enza Zaden is headquarted in Enkhuizen, the Netherlands. Company launched its subsidiary in Ukraine in 2016.і.

LLC "Agroscope Ukraine" Since 2002, LLC "Agroscope Ukraine" has been developing steadily and fast as one of the most successful, professional and dynamic national distributors of crop and seed protection products, and plant nutrition systems from leading manufacturers, whose names are a guarantee of quality. Mission of LLC "Agroscope Ukraine" consists of development and

Norway: ‘Doomsday’ Vault Where World’s Seeds Are Kept Safe

inside The ‘Doomsday’ Vault

By jennifer duggan / spitsbergen

Deep in the bowels of an icy mountain on an island above the Arctic Circle between Norway and the North Pole lies a resource of vital importance for the future of human­kind. It’s not coal, oil or precious minerals, but seeds.

Millions of these tiny brown specks, from more than 930,000 varieties of food crops, are stored in the Global Seed Vault on Spitsbergen, part of Norway’s Svalbard archipelago. It is essentially a huge safety deposit box, holding the world’s largest collection of agricultural biodiversity. “Inside this building is 13,000 years of agricultural history,” says Brian Lainoff, lead partnerships coordinator of the Crop Trust, which manages the vault, as he hauls open the huge steel door leading inside the mountain.

It would be difficult to find a place more remote than the icy wilderness of Svalbard. It is the farthest north you can fly on a commercial airline, and apart from the nearby town of Longyearbyen, it is a vast white expanse of frozen emptiness.

The Global Seed Vault has been dubbed the “doomsday” vault, which conjures up an image of a reserve of seeds for use in case of an apocalyptic event or a global catastrophe. But it is the much smaller, localized destruction and threats facing gene banks all over the world that the vault was designed to protect against—and it’s why the vault was opened in February, when TIME visited.

On this occasion, samples from India, Pakistan and Mexico were being deposited alongside seeds from Syria, many of whose citizens are living through their own apocalypse. “There are big and small doomsdays going on around the world every day. Genetic material is being lost all over the globe,” says Marie Haga, executive director of the Crop Trust. This past winter offered the gene bank a chance to redress the balance.

Near the entrance to the facility, a rectangular wedge of concrete that juts out starkly against the snowy landscape, the doomsday nickname seems eerily apt. It was precisely for its remoteness that Svalbard was chosen as the location of the vault. “It is away from the places on earth where you have war and terror, everything maybe you are afraid of in other places. It is situated in a safe place,” says Bente Naeverdal, a property manager who oversees the day-to-day operation of the vault.

Its only neighbor is a similar repository buried away from the dangers of the world: the Arctic World Archive, which aims to preserve data for the world’s governments and private institutions, opened deep in a nearby mine on March 27.

The entrance leads to a small tunnel-like room filled with the loud whirring noise of electricity and cooling systems required to keep the temperature within the vault consistent. Through one door is a wide concrete tunnel illuminated by strip lighting leading 430 ft. down into the mountain. At the end of this corridor is a chamber, an added layer of security to protect the vaults containing the seeds.

There are three vaults leading off from the chamber, but only one is currently in use, and its door is covered in a thick layer of ice, hinting at the subzero temperatures inside. In here, the seeds are stored in vacuum-packed silver packets and test tubes in large boxes that are neatly stacked on floor-to-ceiling shelves. They have very little monetary value, but the boxes potentially hold the keys to the future of global food security.

Over the past 50 years, agricultural practices have changed dramatically, with technological advances allowing large-scale crop production. But while crop yields have increased, biodiversity has decreased to the point that now only about 30 crops provide 95% of human food-energy needs. Only 10% of the rice varieties that China used in the 1950s are still used today, for example. The U.S. has lost over 90% of its fruit and vegetable varieties since the 1900s. This monoculture nature of agriculture leaves food supplies more susceptible to threats such as diseases and drought.

The seeds lying in the deep freeze of the vault include wild and old varieties, many of which are not in general use anymore. And many don’t exist outside of the seed collections they came from. But the genetic diversity contained in the vault could provide the DNA traits needed to develop new strains for whatever challenges the world or a particular region will face in the future.One of the 200,000 varieties of rice within the vault could have the trait needed to adapt rice to higher temperatures, for example, or to find resistance to a new pest or disease. This is particularly important with the challenges of climate change. “Not too many think about crop diversity as being so fundamentally important, but it is. It is almost as important as water and air,” says Haga. “Seeds generally are the basis for everything. Not only what we eat, but what we wear, nature all about us.”

There are as many as 1,700 versions of the vault, called gene banks, all over the world. This global network collects, preserves and shares seeds to further agricultural research and develop new varieties. The Svalbard vault was opened in 2008, effectively as a backup storage unit for all those hundreds of thousands of varieties. The idea was conceived in the 1980s by Cary Fowler, a former executive director of the Crop Trust, but only started to become reality after an International Seed Treaty negotiated by the U.N. was signed in 2001. Construction was funded by the Norwegian government, which operates the vault in partnership with the Crop Trust. The goal is to find and house a copy of every unique seed that exists in the global gene banks; soon the vault will make room for its millionth variety. It also works in tandem with those gene banks when their material is lost or destroyed.

At the end of one of the long rows of seeds inside the vault, a large and symbolic gap has only just been refilled. The black boxes there look like all the others in the vault, but they have had a long journey. The International Center for Agricultural Research in the Dry Areas (ICARDA) is a global agricultural-research organization that had been based in Syria but was forced to flee its headquarters, just outside of Aleppo, because of the civil war. The organization evacuated its international staff in 2012, but some Syrian researchers stayed behind to rescue equipment and even animals.

But as the fighting intensified, they were forced to leave behind their gene bank, one of the world’s most valuable collections of seeds, containing some of the oldest varieties of wheat and barley. ICARDA re-established its headquarters in Morocco and Lebanon, and restarted the gene bank in 2015 using seeds from the Svalbard vault—the first-ever withdrawal there. Woken from their icy slumber, the seeds were planted in Lebanon’s Bekaa Valley and in Morocco, and their offspring were carefully collected and processed to return to the vault. In late February, ICARDA returned the varieties of seeds it had taken out. “These seeds have come full circle,” Lainoff explains.

The gene bank in Aleppo was not the first to be threatened by war. Gene banks in Afghanistan and Iraq have been destroyed, along with them genetic material that wasn’t backed up in Svalbard. But it is not just armed conflict that threatens these valuable resources. Some have been hit by natural disasters, like the Philippine national gene bank, which was damaged by flooding from a typhoon and later a fire. But a lack of resources is probably the biggest threat facing the world’s gene banks.

Woefully underfunded, many lack the resources to properly store or protect the seeds they hold. The Crop Trust is now raising money for an endowment fund to ensure that the world’s 1,700 gene-bank facilities are able to continue acting as guarantors of global biodiversity.

You don’t need to look far to discover the sacrifices made to keep these kernels of reproduction safe. One of the most historically significant deposits of seeds inside the vault comes from a collection in St. Petersburg’s Vavilov Research Institute, which originates from one of the first collections in the world. During the siege of Leningrad, about a dozen scientists barricaded themselves in the room containing the seeds in order to protect them from hungry citizens and the surrounding German army.

As the siege dragged on, a number of them eventually died from starvation. Despite being surrounded by seeds and plant material, they steadfastly refused to save themselves by eating any of it, such was their conviction about the importance of the seeds to aid Russia’s recovery after war and to help protect the future of humankind. One of the scientists, Dmitri Ivanov, is said to have died surrounded by bags of rice.

In an age of heightened geopolitical tensions and uncertainty, the Svalbard vault is an unusual and hopeful exercise in international cooperation for the good of humankind. Any organization or country can send seeds to it, and there are no restrictions because of politics or the requirements of diplomacy. Red wooden boxes from North Korea sit alongside black boxes from the U.S. Over on the next aisle, boxes of seeds from Ukraine sit atop seeds from Russia. “The seeds don’t care that there are North Korean seeds and South Korean seeds in the same aisle,” Lainoff says. “They are cold and safe up there, and that’s all that really matters.”

Reporting for this article was supported by a grant from the Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting

It is essentially a huge safety deposit box, holding the world’s largest collection of agricultural biodiversity.