In his opening remarks,Nzwere said: ‘‘Quton is the cotton seed subsidiary of the Seed-co group, having been acquired from Cottco in 2005’’. He told the gathering that , Seedco was now the biggest seed company in Africa in terms of volumes sold, with interests in 15 African countries, including Zambia, Malawi, Tanzania, Kenya, Botswana, Ethiopia, Swaziland and Zimbabwe.
‘’We specialise in hybrid seed maize, cotton, sorghum, soyabean and wheat. We also do other small grains such as dry beans and groundnuts. As a truly Zimbabwean company, we owe our success to the support we have received from the government through our parent ministry, the Ministry of Agriculture. We look forward to this continued support,”said Nzwere.
After the successful re-branding exercise in 2011, Quton management embarked on an international business drive as part of its growth initiatives. This was aimed at achieving organic growth in regional markets using their business model which has done very well in Zimbabwe. Nzwere went on to say: “I am pleased to advise that Quton is in the process of installing a state-of-the-art acid de-linting plant in Tanzania and Quton is now producing and processing the total cotton planting seed requirement of Tanzania. We are proud of this extraordinary achievement and we would like to assure you Honourable minister that as we fly the Zimbabwe flag high in East Africa, we will not let you down. Quton will provide the Tanzanian market with seed of the highest quality .”
In Malawi, Quton has established a seed multiplication programme and supplied the national requirement of cotton seed for Malawi in the 2011 season. With the establishment of the multiplication project Malawi should also be self-sufficient by 2014. Quton seed performed spectacularly and they are continuing to nurture their relationship with their partners in Malawi.
Mozambique and Swaziland are exciting markets; their varieties have performed remarkably in these environments.
Nzvere concluded his speech by saying: “Quton is committed to delivering a quality product to farmers. The Quton management team is currently undergoing an ISO:9001 and ISO: 14001 re-certification programme. As a group we have also invested in our research and technical services units to ensure that our products meet the farmers’ needs and are highly adaptable to the ever-changing climatic conditions. In conclusion, Seedco is committed to the continued growth and development of Zimbabwe’s farming sector. We will continue to work closely with the Ministry of Agriculture.”