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Andermatt, Novonesis launch Cell-Tech for African soy farmers

Novonesis, Andermatt collaborate to boost sustainable farming and farmer income in Africa with Cell-Tech soybean inoculant. (Image source: Adobe Stock)

Novonesis, a global leader in biological solutions, has forged a significant distribution pact with the esteemed Andermatt Group, renowned for quality biological solutions to distribute Cell-Tech soybean inoculant, fostering sustainable agriculture and farmer income

This collaboration will extend access to Novonesis’s soybean inoculant, Cell-Tech, to farmers throughout Southern and Eastern Africa for the 2024-2025 planting season.

Cell-Tech Technology incorporates specially selected rhizobia, offering efficient nodulation to boost nitrogen fixation, thereby enhancing yield potential amid evolving planting conditions. Backed by a four-day on-seed guarantee when combined with most common chemical seed treatments, Cell-Tech is conveniently supplied in a liquid formulation for on-farm application.

“The introduction of Cell-Tech through this partnership is a significant step towards bringing biological solutions in agricultural inputs in Africa. Novonesis and Andermatt’s mutual commitment to sustainable farming and economic upliftment paves the way for a rapid increase in the use of biologicals across Africa, aiding in the achievement of the continent’s food security objectives,” said Krishna Mohan Puvvada, regional president, Middle East, India and Africa at Novonesis.

“This strategic alliance will address critical challenges faced by African agriculture, such as climate change, soil health degradation, and the need for modern farming practices. By integrating biologicals into farming systems, Novonesis and Andermatt Africa are at the forefront of improving productivity and contributing significantly to the continent’s food security objectives,” added Andre Fox, director business development for Andermatt in South-East Africa.

The collaboration will leverage the strengths of both companies: Andermatt’s robust farmer connections, expansive distribution network, and agricultural expertise, combined with Novonesis’s scientific heritage and dynamic portfolio of biological solutions. Together, Andermatt and Novonesis aim to introduce more advanced biological solutions that support sustainable agriculture and increase farmer incomes.

With established legal entities in South Africa, Mozambique, and Kenya, the Andermatt Group extends its presence to numerous other African countries, including Namibia, Malawi, Zambia, and Zimbabwe. This extensive network reflects Andermatt’s dedication to fostering sustainable food production across the continent and stimulating local economies through the export of high-quality, residue-free produce.