This excerpt taken from the SYT 20-F filed Feb 18, 2009.
Middle East benefited from strong demand for cereals. Performance was also helped by a mild winter in the first half and by a severe outbreak of potato blight across northern Europe in the third quarter. Syngenta further strengthened its position in Eastern Europe, spearheading the development of the market in the region with particularly strong growth in Russia,
This excerpt taken from the SYT 20-F filed Mar 1, 2006.
Middle East increased by 14%, due in part to the weakness of the US dollar and at constant exchange rates were 5% higher due to volume growth. Sales grew across all product lines with notable contributions from the entire fungicide range and selective herbicides, particularly CALLISTO®. Double-digit increases were achieved in France and Eastern Europe, the latter benefiting from increased investment in agriculture and economic growth.