Seeding the future

The KWS family

Proud member

Since 2019 we’re a proud member of the KWS family, one of the world’s largest seed companies. We operate independently, but benefit hugely from their research and innovative production techniques.

 

R&D Director Jan de Visser

‘A healthy candystore’

‘To me as a genetics geek, the partnership with KWS was like a candystore opening up; a healthy one that is. Some of KWS’s research findings, for instance in the field of disease resistance in (sugar) beet, we could implement directly into our own breeding programs. With instant quality improvement as a result. Also, we are currently looking into adopting some of KWS’s innovative production techniques, such as monitoring production fields by satellite. Very interesting for us, when you consider that our seeds are grown all over the world. In time, these techniques may also be of value to our clients.’

Manager ICT Jits Ursem

‘Extra brainpower’

'It’s not only in the field of breeding and R&D that we benefit from the partnership with a strong mother company. We also welcome a sparring partner in other aspects of the business", our Manager ICT Jits Ursem explains. ‘Being bigger, KWS has a lot of inhouse specialists. In our field, information technology, it’s nice to be able to consult with a fellow professional. Sometimes to hear new things, sometimes just to have your own thoughts and ideas confirmed. And with our agile team and way of working in Andijk, we can help the colleagues at KWS out as well, so it actually works both ways.’