German chemicals and agrichem firm Bayer has opened Ukraine’s largest corn seed processing facility as a part of a long-term plan to expand the use of the company’s corn seeds in the country.

Located in Pochuiky, Zhytomyr region, the US$200M facility featured two dryers and logistics centers and would begin supplying Ukrainian farmers with Bayer’s DEKALB brand corn seed in time for the 2019 planting season, the firm said in a 5 September statement.

It would process 750,000 units of seed annually and supply 2,500 farmers with the DEKALB seeds, developed through traditional breeding techniques.

“This facility is conveniently situated in one of Ukraine’s most productive agricultural regions, where many Ukrainian farmers plant their crops. We will be able to meet the ever-growing demand of Ukrainian farmers for superior quality corn seed,” said Remi Deï-Tos, Bayer site lead for Ukraine.