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September 21, 2022: Coromandel International Limited (BSE: 506395, NSE: COROMANDEL), India's leading Agri solutions provider in the business of Fertilisers, Crop Protection, Bio pesticides, Specialty Nutrients, Organic Fertilizer and Retail, in association with ICAR-IIRR (Indian Institute of Rice Research), today hosted a day-long conclave on ‘Effective use of Nano Fertilisers in Agriculture’.
Dignitaries present at the conclave included Dr. K. S. Subramanian, Head - Dept. of Nano Science & Technology, TNAU, Coimbatore; Mr. Sameer Goel, Managing Director, Coromandel International Limited; Mr. S. Sankarasubramanian, President - Fertilisers, Coromandel International Limited; Dr. A. Subbarao, Former Director, ICAR-IISS, Bhopal; Mr. Kalidas Pramanik, EVP - Marketing, Coromandel International Limited and Dr. M. B. B. Prasad Babu, Principal Scientist - IIRR, Hyderabad.
Speaking on the occasion, Mr. Sameer Goel said, “With agricultural land gradually decreasing on account of erosion, environmental contamination and fertilisation, it becomes all the more important to increase agricultural production in order to meet the nutritional needs of our growing populace. In the recent years, several research have shown that nano fertilisers increase the use efficiency of plant nutrients, minimise the potential adverse effects of excessive chemical fertiliser use and reduce the fertiliser application frequency. Nano fertilisers are imperative in farming to increase harvest without unwarranted use of chemical fertilisers. Our conclave today is more of an educative session on the effective use of nano fertilisers in farming.”
The inaugural session of the conclave was addressed by Dr. Binaya Kumar Parida, Chief Agronomist, Coromandel International Limited. This was followed by talks by renowned experts on the subject. These talks covered nano technology & agriculture; climate smart nano-fertilisers; aligning farming with the ecosystem and climate change; nanoscale materials; synthesis and characterisation of nano particles specific to Nano DAP; and nano nutrient uptake mechanism and its impact on field crops. The talks were followed by a panel discussion on the current relevance and scope of nano fertilisers in agriculture.
The conclave saw participation by 87 delegates including scientists from various agricultural universities, ICAR Institutes and mid & senior level personnel from Industry.
The key takeaway for attendees was the advantages offered by nano fertilisers over traditional fertilisers in terms of increasing crop yields and nutrient use efficiency. Nano products not only used for fertilisers it can be also effectively used in preserving the perishable fruits and vegetable, management of diseases and pests, as diagnostic tools for soil and nutrient analysis etc.
Coromandel International Limited is amongst India's pioneers and leading Agri solutions provider, offering diverse products and services across the farming value chain. It operates in two major segments: Nutrient and other allied businesses and Crop Protection. These include Fertiliser, Crop Protection, Bio Products, Specialty Nutrients and Organic businesses. The Company is 2nd largest manufacturer and marketer of Phosphatic fertiliser in India. The Company's Crop Protection products are marketed in India as well as in international geographies, offering wide range of technical and formulation products. The Specialty Nutrients business of the Company focuses on water soluble fertiliser and secondary & micronutrients segments. The Company is leading marketer of Organic fertiliser in India. The Bio Products business of the company focusses on plant extractions for various applications. It also operates a network of around 750 rural retail outlets across Andhra Pradesh, Telangana and Karnataka. Through these Retail outlets, the Company offers farming services including crop advisory, soil testing and farm mechanization to around 3 million farmers. The Company has a strong R&D and Regulatory setup, supporting the businesses in process development and new product introduction. The Company has 17 manufacturing facilities, producing wide range of Nutrient and Crop Protection products, which are marketed through an extensive network of dealers and its own retail centers.
The Company clocked a turnover of Rs.19,255 Crores during FY21-22. Its efforts towards environment have been well recognized by international organizations like UNDP and has also been voted as one of the ten greenest companies in India by TERI. Coromandel is a part of the INR 547 Billion (INR 54,722 Crores) of the Murugappa Group.
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