The Sakata Seed Corporation, a Japanese vegetable and flower seed company, inaugurated its commercial offices in Argentina, which required an initial investment of more than $40 million. The objective is to accelerate and strengthen its presence in South America.
The inauguration was attended by the President of the company, Hiroshi Sakata, who conveyed his joy at this new milestone, which coincides with the 120th anniversary of bilateral relations between Argentina and Japan.
Sakata is one of the largest vegetable and flower seed companies in Japan, and the fourth biggest one in the world.
The company is a leader in the marketing of broccoli seeds and butternut squash in Argentina, where it has been present for more than 50 years.
"Argentina is an example that producers can produce high-level vegetables. If we incorporate the important genetic advancements that Sakata has been developing for years, especially now that they are based in the country, I believe there are great growth possibilities. We hope that this is only the beginning of the company's great growth in Argentina," said Leonardo Sarquis, the Minister of Agribusiness of Buenos Aires, who participated in the inauguration.
The Ambassador of Japan in Argentina, Noriteru Fukushima, was also part of the celebration. "In recent years, the number of Japanese companies has doubled. It went from 50 to 100. Sakata is the number 101, so I congratulate and welcome this multinational company to Argentina. 60% of the broccoli and squash we eat here come from Sakata seeds. I am sure the company will continue to grow, creating jobs, sharing technology, and working together, just like Prime Minister Shinzo Abe told President Macri in their meeting at the G20."
In addition, the company's managers are looking to be able to produce seeds in Argentina in the near future with the opening of a new factory.