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September 12, 2019

South African Firm Acquires 40 % Stake In East African Seed

Johannesburg Stock Exchange (JSE)-listed investment holding company Zeder has acquired a 40 percent stake in East African Seed Company for undisclosed price.

Zeder, focused on food and related business, said it made the investment in the Kenyan seed vendor through its agriculture inputs subsidiary Zaad Holdings. The deal is subject to regulatory approvals in Kenya and South Africa, said Zeder.

The Nairobi headquartered firm was established in 1972. Its operations have expanded beyond Kenya to other East and Central African regions including Uganda, Rwanda, Tanzania and Zambia.

Its seeds are distributed through a network of dealers and stockists in major cities.

The firm said the investment will give it a foothold in the regional market where agro-dealing businesses have thrived in recent years as small holder farmers — the backbone of the sector turn to various inputs including fertilisers, certified seeds, agrochemicals and farm equipment to boost yields.

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