On 21 November 2018, Hm.Clause India held its first ever open day at one of its ten local experimental stations in India, near Hyderabad.
Nearly 200 customers from all over India, Bangladesh and Sri Lanka came to discover nearly 90 varieties of more than 20 different vegetable species. The visit of the area was followed by a visit of the head office facilities in Hyderabad.
Throughout the day, Hm.Clause India's sales and technical teams, plant breeders, factory workers, and quality control laboratory staff discussed and shared with their customers about the vegetable varieties that the company works with.
They also discussed the ways in which Hm.Clause India is meeting the expectations of the local market, which has very specific characteristics and needs, and to which the company now offers high-performance varieties, particularly in terms of okra, gourds and chilli peppers.
One of the leading okra varieties is the Chiranjeevi F1. Easy to harvest, its pods have an attractive dark green.
In terms of ridge gourds, the Vinayak F1 variety produces a uniform dark green fruit with highly visible ridges and a very good fruit set. As for bitter gourds, the Anushka F1 variety has a good yield and generally early fruit maturity.
Among chilli pepper varieties, two are particularly noteworthy: the Red Rose F1 variety has good yield potential, is resistant to mildew, and produces a very attractive red fruit; and the PES-310 F variety, with its very upright habit and short internodes, is highly suited to the fresh produce market.
According to Jean-François Boscher, Managing Director of Hm.Clause India, "our ambition is to become India's leading seed company. As a subsidiary of Hm.Clause, we benefit from the skills and resources of a company with a global presence."
"This event is a key part of our strategy and another key milestone in our endeavors to bring the best products and technical information to the Indian market as well as expanding into Asian markets," said Daniel Gleeson, Director of Hm.Clause's Asia region.
Hm.Clause India is a subsidiary of Hm.Clause. Its headquarters are located in Hyderabad, Telangana state. Present on the Indian market for more than 20 years, it has more than 300 permanent employees and as many temporary employees across four sites. Over its previous fiscal year, it recorded a 22% increase in total turnover.