Sesame, one of the oldest cultivated oilseed plants in the world, is grown primarily in Africa and Asia. In 2016 world production of sesame was 5 million MT produced on 9.5 million hectares. Sesame is globally used as a cooking or seasoning oil and in foods, specifically in bakery, confectionary and tahini. The rise in demand for health food has contributed the mounting demand for sesame seeds worldwide. When ripe, sesame capsules split in order to release the seed. Due to this shattering characteristic, sesame has been grown only in developing countries where they can be harvested by hand. This alone has limited the growth of the sesame market over the years.
Recognizing that one of the key factors restricting the sesame market is the requirement that crops are harvested manually, Equinom set out to develop high-yield sesame varieties with enhanced dietary properties which are suited for mechanical harvest. Using our technology, we’ve bred shatter-resistant capsule (SRC) lines, presenting a genomic combination of high yield, seed retention and grain qualities which are adapted to the requirements of the sesame oil and confectionary market segments. Our varieties are now commercial. We are also introducing the benefits of hybrid seeds with our patented method for hybrid seed production, which we are using to create superior high-yield high-quality sesame seed varieties. This is a novelty in an industry otherwise dominated by open varieties.
We expect these factors to drastically cut down sesame production costs, thereby revolutionizing the economics of the global sesame industry.