FMC All Set To Introduce New Wheat Herbicide in Indian Market, To Enhance Crop Yields By 30%
FMC Corporation is dedicated to bringing these cutting-edge technologies to India at the earliest opportunity. With an annual investment of ₹4,000 crore in research and development, the company is eager to contribute to India's agricultural growth.
In a promising development for India's agriculture sector, US-based FMC Corporation, a global leader in agricultural sciences, is gearing up to introduce a groundbreaking wheat herbicide in the country. This new herbicide has the potential to significantly enhance foodgrain yields by up to 30 percent, according to Ravi Annavarapu, President of FMC India.
One of the pressing challenges faced by wheat farmers in India is the presence of the Phalaris minor weed, a grass that closely resembles wheat plants. Distinguishing this weed from wheat is a daunting task, and its impact often remains hidden until the harvest when large bulbs emerge in the fields. FMC's new wheat herbicide, backed by proven global technology, is poised to address this critical issue, making it a promising addition to India's wheat production efforts.
In addition to the wheat herbicide, FMC Corporation has an innovative rice herbicide in the pipeline, featuring a novel chemistry. This herbicide employs a new mode of action, working differently from existing chemistries in the market. Notably, this marks the first significant breakthrough in rice chemistry in three decades. FMC India is working diligently to bring this cutting-edge rice herbicide to the Indian market, with plans to submit the product for government evaluation.
Expanding its commitment to India's agriculture sector, FMC Corporation is also poised to launch a unique pheromone solution designed to combat the armyworm infestation in maize (corn) crops. These pheromones, developed through fermentation, mimic natural pheromones and can be effectively sprayed in the field.
Early trials in India have shown promising results, disrupting mating patterns and preventing reproduction among armyworms. Importantly, these pheromone-based solutions are considered safer alternatives compared to traditional chemistries, requiring less toxicity evaluation.
FMC Corporation is dedicated to bringing these cutting-edge technologies to India at the earliest opportunity. With an annual investment of ₹4,000 crore in research and development, the company is eager to contribute to India's agricultural growth. However, Mr. Annavarapu emphasized the need for expedited approvals for new agricultural technologies. He noted that India is governed by the 1968 Insecticides Act, and there is a pressing need for more streamlined evaluation processes. The original mandate was to deliver a decision within one year, a timeline that FMC Corporation believes should be upheld for the rapid adoption of innovative agricultural solutions.
As FMC Corporation seeks to expand its footprint in India, these technological advancements promise to play a pivotal role in enhancing agricultural productivity, sustainability, and food security in the country.
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