Equinom says “Open Sesame” to local markets
Equinom, a seed technology company, has launched a new patented sesame variety. The high-yield, high profile, sesame seeds provide advanced organoleptic characteristics plus a shatter-resistance trait that makes them suitable for mechanised harvesting.
Equinom’s technological achievement will provide local farmers with a new platform for growing sesame of a higher nutritional profile and sets the ground for the advancement of a more responsible supply chain, greater price stability and cost-effective growth. This technology also brings new hope to farmers located in desert regions where extreme weather conditions threaten crop performance. For consumers, this means food manufacturers can incorporate highly nutritious, clean and safe sesame into their products.
“The global sesame grain market is worth US$9 billion annually – a promising figure, however still far from meeting its full potential,” said Itay Dana, marketing director for Equinom. “Part of the Equinom strategy is to boost yield performance as well as the nutrient profile, while scaling-up global commercial growth and trading of this highly nutritious seed. By deploying our innovative breeding technology, we can transform the dynamics of a stagnant market, ensuring product safety and traceability throughout the supplying chain.”
Equinom’s technology and expertise helps local farmers to eliminate waste, boost oil-yield by up to 100%, improve quality, and reduce the crop’s global footprint. These innovative sesame seeds also help farmers on marginal lands secure added income, diversify output, and reduce the costs of import by up to 40%.
Sesame grows particularly well in soils infested by cotton root rot and presents a promising side crop for US cotton farmers. Equinom will bring increased cultivation of sesame to the US, Australia, and the Southern regions of Europe.
“We are determined to make sesame a more profitable crop for farmers and to develop sustainable sesame cultivation in the West,” said Oron Gar, vice president and product manager for Equinom. “These sesame varieties are a game-changer for food companies that want full control of their supply chain to ensure food traceability and safety. Growing high-quality sesame locally also ensures consumers gets clean, nutritious products from farm-to-fork.”