Our history

Luigi Manara, the founder
1954 Together with his wife Luigina, in the village of Ca’ degli Oppi, Luigi Manara starts to trade agricultural products, in particular common-variety seeds and, soon after, further home producted ones.
1963 Luigi Manara, with the collaboration of the agronomist Lionello Dusi, set up a new company named Sementi Elette Verona (SEV, Verona Selected Seeds) to spread local winter cereals seeds, both common and home producted, all over Italy.
1980 Inauguration of drying and storage process for maize and soybean.
1981 The new corporate headquarters are built on a plot land of 81000 square meters, which were bought at the edge of the village some years before. In the same year they purchase a 55-hectares farm for seeds development and variety testing.
1992 The direction of the factory farm passes to the sons Luigi, Fabio, and Luciano.

2000 The production exceeds 100000 quintals.
2007 The SEV gets the historical trademark Produttori Sementi Verona (PSV, Verona Seeds Producers) and the production reaches 350000 quintals. Thus, Manara Sementi SEV becomes the leading Italian producer of seeds for winter cereals. Moreover, they purchase the corporate center of Vigasio, with a storage capacity of 150000 quintals.
2009 Manara corn starts being exported to Albania, Kosovo, Romania, Bulgaria, Hungary, and Greece.
2009 Revision of Manara Sementi (Manara Seeds) trademark and creation of Manara Energia (Manara Energy) one, representing the new challenge of the Manaras in the field of renewable energy.
2010 First attendance at Fieragricola 2010 and presentation of the new Manara Sementi trademark on the occasion of the new Sementi general catalogue’s distribution.
2011 Image renewal through the presentation of Manara Group and its four divisions:
Manara Seeds, for winter cereals seeds;
Manara Energy, for the production of rapeseed and sunflower plant oil;
Manara Agrosupplies, which deals with technical means marketing and support services;
Manara Drying and Storage, which concerns multiplication and supply chains contracts and the commercialization of cereals and corn.
In the same year, improvement and renewal of the phytosanitary products storage and introduction of a barcode optical scanner system aimed to speed up the service for the customer at our head office and to optimize deliveries.