Ever since our foundation, we are committed to give fast and effective reaction to our fresh
market and processing partners’ demands. In order to succeed, we continuously improve our
changed working methods in breeding. In our accelerated world, fast changes in consumer demands, technologies, pest and pathogen populations can make varieties/hybrids outdated in very short time. Only a continuous, fast reacting variety breeding can answer to this challenge.
ZKI’s non-GMO vegetable portfolio has always been one of the best of the fresh market and processing industry’s raw materials. We shall continue our breeding with non-GMO methods. We pay special attention to provide inheritable resistance against important diseases. This aim of the breeders is supported by our Pathology Team. The 1 ha breeding greenhouse opened in 2013 helps achieving our goals. Here we can grow more generations of peppers, peas, cucumbers, watermelons and green beans per year, in 14,separately controlled compartments.
Our company considers seed multiplication as an activity of strategic importance. Our colleagues, dealing exclusively with organizing and controlling seed production guarantee seeds stock of outstanding quality. Before packaging and selling, we control also genetic purity of every seed lot, intended to be sold for professional growers. Locations of seed production can be found worldwide, on the northern and southern hemisphere, in regions most suitable -and particularly pathogen-free- for the given species, considering market timing also.
ZKI Zrt. started cleaning and packaging its own seeds in 1998. In the interest of better performance, we have been making continuous infrastructural developments. First, we bought a small-seed cleaning line, suitable for cleaning seeds of all vegetable species with the required quality. Presently we have two lines, one is the so-called laboratory line, suitable for cleaning seed lots of 1-50 kg, the other is a large-scale line, for cleaning the seed lots of more than 50 kg. Technology consists of seed air screen cleaning machine, seed gravity separator, seed indent cylinder, seed spiral separator, seed brushing machine and seed colour sorter. As result of our further developments, we bought a seed cleaning line for bigger seeds (peas, beans) to clean seeds of our green pea and bean varieties. This line consists of a high capacity seed air screen cleaning machine and a seed gravity separator. For further treatment and quality improvement of smaller seeds, we purchased a seed disinfection unit, to perform surface disinfection of valuable pepper and watermelon seed lots against viruses, bacteria and fungi. Seed lots sold by ZKI Zrt are always packed after treatment against fungi. Seed dressing of smaller and bigger seeded varieties’ seed lots is performed with different technologies and machines. Thanks to our newest investment, we treat small seeds with a fully automated, seed film-coater machine with integrated dryer, using TMTD and green colour. In case of pea and bean seeds, we also use an automated film-coating machine, using TMTD and carboxin as active agent, but we use red colouring.
With own bred varieties, ZKI wish to serve the most skilled vegetable growers producing raw material for the fresh market and processing industry, helping growers’ competitiveness and efficiency and ensuring satisfaction of consumers using fresh and processed vegetables also.
We start and build up our product development procedure with processing data of customer satisfaction. During introduction to the market, we test our new varieties at growers as widely as possible. We decide about introduction of a new variety according to the results of trial productions. Selecting and positioning of our new varieties is the task of our product managers. In the countries of Middle-Eastern Europe and the Balkan we would like to reach end-users with our own sales organization. In these countries our sales representatives are present in every important growing region. Regarding more distant regions (Mediterranean, North-Africa, Middle East, Turkey, Russia, Ukraine, Belarus, etc.) we ensure the high level professional assistance through our strategic distribution partners for the growers who use our varieties. We have continuous breeding activity for our strategic species. Our always renewed portfolio ensures competitiveness and good results for growers choosing our varieties, and means outstanding culinary experience for vegetable consumers.
ZKI packages its own seeds since 1998. All steps of packaging are made automatically by packing machines, which ensures high quality regarding germ protection, filling weight and seed number. For increasing accuracy of professional packaging, in 2011 ZKI bought a packing machine which operates automatically, with a totally new principle, filling sachets exactly according to seed number instead of the earlier filling by weight, calculated from thousand seed weight of given seed lots. At the same time printing of sachets was also based on new principles, making possible labelling on different languages, which was well received by our foreign affiliated companies and partners.
For fulfilling our customers’ high demands, in year 2000, ZKI ZRt. introduced quality control system which is successfully operated according to standards ISO 9001. Our quality control system is certified by SGS Hungária Kft. Our management and employees are committed to use and develop our quality control system. Our aim: Keeping our leading position on the Hungarian vegetable seed market on a long-term basis, continuous growth in sales within the Carpathian Basin. Creating our market presence within the countries of European Community as well as in the eastern markets.
In order to obtain our goals:
Management of ZKI Zöldségtermesztési Kutató Intézet ZRt. declares its decision to do its best to realize principles drawn up within the Quality Control for the future development of the company.