ZURICH, April 18 Syngenta AG, the
world's largest maker of crop chemicals, said strong fungicide
sales in Latin America helped it shrug off the cold winter in
the northern hemisphere to post solid first-quarter sales.
The Swiss company, which makes products to kill weeds and
bugs as well as genetically modified seeds, said sales rose 6
percent in the first quarter to $4.57 billion, just over a
forecast for $4.56 billion in a Reuters poll.
Syngenta is banking on innovation and a more integrated
business that supplies farmers with everything from seeds and
pesticides to fertilisers and support services to boost sales to
$25 billion by 2020, from $14.2 billion last year.