This excerpt taken from the SYT 20-F filed Mar 16, 2005.
4. Segmental breakdown of key figures 2003, 2002, and 2001
Syngenta is organized on a worldwide basis into three reporting segments.Crop Protection
The Crop Protection segment principally manufactures, distributes and sells herbicides, insecticides and fungicides.Seeds
The Seeds segment sells seeds for growing corn, sugarbeet, oilseeds, vegetables and flowers.Plant Science
Syngentas Plant Science reportable segment is an incubator of several development stage activities which may meet the criteria to be reported as separate segments in the future. These activities include development of animal feed products, technology based on research into enzymes, and traits with the potential to enhance the agronomic, nutritional or pharmaceutical properties of plants. Syngenta has not generated material revenues from these activities to date. The route to market for certain of these technologies is not yet clear. Syngenta has judged it appropriate to aggregate the financial information relating to these activities into a single reportable segment.General
Syngenta manages its three segments separately because their current or future sources of income derive from distinct types of products or technologies which require different manufacturing, distribution and marketing strategies.
Net segment operating assets consist primarily of property, plant and equipment, intangible assets, inventories and receivables less operating liabilities. Unallocated items are those which, according to IAS 14, do not meet the criteria for inclusion under one of the three reporting segments. They consist of net debt (financial debts less cash and cash equivalents), current assets and liabilities directly associated with financing (mainly derivatives) and deferred and current taxes.
The accounting policies of the segments described above are the same as those described in the summary of accounting policies.