September 19, 2018

Strategic Collaboration to enhance Rice productivity

Crystal Crop Protection Limited and Bayer CropScience Limited join hands to bring new crop protection solutions for Rice farmers.

Mumbai, September 19, 2018: India has 44 million hectares under rice cultivation, which contributes approximately 30 percent to India’s agriculture GDP impacting the livelihoods of millions of farmers. Brown Plant Hopper in Rice substantially impacts crop productivity and reduces the yield up to 20 to 30 percent and sometimes the whole crop can be lost under high pest pressure. Additionally Brown Plant Hopper develops fast resistance and therefore requires newer solutions to be developed every 2 to 3 years for sustainable production.

Crystal Crop Protection Limited (Crystal) embarked on a collaborative project with Bayer CropScience Limited (Bayer) which will endeavor to enhance rice productivity by developing new crop protection solutions for effective control of Brown Plant Hopper.

Crop dynamics and farmer needs in India are very different than developed nations. The difference is mainly on account of tropical climate with high pest pressure which requires safe, effective and cost-efficient solutions to meet the needs of sustainable crop production. One of the ways to serve these unique needs of rice farmers is to develop customized products through proximity innovation.

Bayer is a globally renowned player in Crop Protection & Seeds and has a strong track record of innovations which have helped farmers increase productivity across a wide range of crops.

Crystal is an R&D based Crop Protection manufacturing and marketing company with experience in technical manufacturing, formulation and marketing of agrochemical products in India.

Under this collaboration, Bayer will provide Crystal access to newer compounds, enabling Crystal to bring new proximity solutions to the Indian market based on their manufacturing and development strengths. These solutions can then be extended to other South Asian countries. This is a unique model to foster proximity innovation which is tailor-made for the specific needs of the Indian farmer.

On the signing of the agreement, Mr. Ankur Aggarwal, Managing Director, Crystal Crop Protection Limited said: “We are proud to collaborate with Bayer. This is a valuable collaboration as it will provide safe and economical solutions for rice farmers.”

Srinath Bala, Head of Marketing, Bayer Crop Science Division, South Asia, said: “Bayer strongly believes in the power of trust and collaboration. This collaboration is an affirmation of our commitment to work for our farmers and ensure faster and better solutions are made available to them.”

About Bayer
Bayer is a global enterprise with core competencies in the Life Science fields of health care and agriculture. Its products and services are designed to benefit people and improve their quality of life. At the same time, the Group aims to create value through innovation, growth and high earning power. Bayer is committed to the principles of sustainable development and to its social and ethical responsibilities as a corporate citizen. In fiscal 2017, the Group employed around 99,800 people and had sales of EUR 35.0 billion. Capital expenditures amounted to EUR 2.4 billion, R&D expenses to EUR 4.5 billion. For more information, go to www.bayer.com

About Crystal
Crystal Crop Protection Ltd is a R&D based crop protection manufacturing and marketing company. The company manufactures crop protection products which include insecticides, fungicides, herbicides and plant growth regulators and bio-stimulants. The company provides crop protection solutions to the Indian farmer to assist them to maximize productivity and profitability. It has integrated operations, from undertaking R&D of new molecules to manufacturing and delivering products to farmers across India through extensive distribution network.
The Company recently enhanced its Technical production capacity by acquiring Plant of Cytec India at Nagpur (2017) with leasehold rights on land area of 40,500 sq.m. For increased commitment on the seeds Business, the company acquired Indian grain sorghum, fodder sorghum and pearl millet seeds business from Syngenta India Limited, Devgen Seeds and Crop Technology Private Limited and Devgen N.V., Belgium.

Disclaimer
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