The company has extended to all areas; besides of the production and the improvement of varieties, one of the most modern packaging and vacuum boxes facilities has been started. We find significant differences between products primarily based on two parameters, the source of their formulation or the application form. Under the first division we find chemical synthesized products, known as mineral fertilizers, and those from organic or natural origin, the organic fertilizers. We can also find those from a mixture of both, organo-mineral fertilizers.
Every fact has a time and place
In our story, the fact is a meeting that will set the course of the history of our beloved characters. In Lleida, in the first half of the twentieth century, two families united by a common trade come into contact: The Febrés and the Batlle.
Joan Febrés and his son Joan Tamburini, in their desire to continue growing, began to spread their seed production onto other areas, especially in the province of Lleida, and that was how the professional relationship with the brothers Ramon and Francisco Batlle Vernis began, natural of Bell-Lloc d’Urgell, with whom they contracted great part of their production.
The origins of the Batlle family were eminently agricultural.
Already Miguel Batlle Civit, father of Ramon and Francisco, in the early twentieth century, exported alfalfa seeds to several countries in Europe. In 1947, the Batlle brothers arrive at an agreement with the Nonell family to acquire the business. From that moment all the improvement and production fields and the central storehouses will be located in Lleida, and the offices and the store in Barcelona. Without leaving his native land, Ramón remained in charge of the control of production and selection of seeds, and Francisco was transferred to Barcelona directing the control of sales and the store “Hijos de Nonell”. New times brought new illusions and all the personnel of “Hijos de Nonell”, included the attorney of the business, a worthy personage to mention, Francisco Poch Xena, and the secretary of customer service Adela Feliu, true bulwark of its area of work and who brimmed enthusiasm, unmistakable symptom of the good tuning between the employees and the recently arrived managing. Little time after being established the new business, an expedition storehouse, next to the “El Born,” the Fruit Market of Barcelona, was installed. In this way all the expeditions process to the peninsula where improved.
In 1948 the authorization on the part of the Department of Agriculture for the production of forage and vegetable seeds was obtained, with the title of authorized producer Nº 2. During years, the production acronym 'Nº 2', appeared in all the containers of seeds commercialized by Semillas Batlle.
Since 1947 until 1967 Semillas 2 S.A. was the used commercial name, being Semilas Batlle the production company. From the year 1968, the company remained as an inoperative society passing the commercial activity to Semillas Batlle. Ramón Batlle, responsible of a growing phase for the company, passed away in February of 1963 and was around these dates when Francisco Batlle Vernis, president of the company, decided to incorporate his nephews Miguel and Juan Batlle Castillo to the direction of the business, both sons of its brother Ramón. Some years later Agustin Orero Buendía was incorporated to the management team, man with a dilated professional experience, who came to culminate a process of renewal and rejuvenation of a team that would increase spectacularly the activities of the society in issues of major crops.
From the 70’s, the business began to grow, with the opening of new offices in Madrid, the construction of the production plant in Talavera La Nueva (Toledo) and the establishment of delegations in the most important agricultural regions: Albacete, Cantabria, Cordoba, Extremadura, Lugo, Seville, Biscay, Valladolid and Zaragoza.
The 80’s were years of great significance in the history of this company that with the incorporation to the direction of the business, at the beginning of decade, of Francisco and Ramón Batlle Valldeperes, entered an unstoppable growth dynamic. From Bell-Lloc, Francisco is in charge of all the technical questions, investigation and production. From Barcelona, Ramón carries the commercial and financial management. Both, next to Agustin Orero (President of the Counsel), direct and manage the company.
In the last ten years a new seed selection plant has been built in Carmona (Seville), with a capacity for more than 20,000 Tons of production; a new rehydration factory of alfalfa and fodders; and the investments and activities in the sectors of horticulture, major crops, praetenses and gardening articles (lawns, bulbs, rosebushes, etc.), have been increased considerably.