Research & Development
Dhanuka Agritech Limited, considering the imperative role of research and development for quality products and services, from the very beginning took the initiative for strong R&D and has today perhaps one of the largest R & D team led by a highly acclaimed agri-scientist assisted by around 30 senior distinguished Scientists/Technocrats, having vast experience of working in the Indian Council of Agricultural Research (ICAR), State Agricultural Universities (SAU), and other research organizations based at strategic locations across the country.
The Department has excellent liaison with SAUs, National Agricultural Research Institutes, Krishi Vigyan Kendras (KVK), Central Insecticides Board & Registration Committee of the Government of India, and other such Institutions. It has the necessary infrastructure to address issues of market forecast, assessment of pesticides requirement in an environment of ever changing farming practices and agri-inputs, product identification, on-farm product evaluation, creating awareness amongst farmers on judicious use of pesticides, providing services for registration & product development on project basis, etc.
A Ministry of Science & Technology, Government of India recognized R&D center is located at Gurgaon for generation of scientific data, and evaluation of new molecules. In addition, through ‘Dhanuka Chaupal’, it espouses adoption of Integrated Crop Management (ICM) including Dhanuka Kheti Ki Nai Taknik by providing soil and water testing services, and transfer of advanced agriculture technology to the farmers. There is also Dhanuka Kissan toll free services. Another R&D centre at Jullundur was established an over a decade ago to provide soil testing and advisory services, training of farmers, and plant disease and insect-pest diagnostic and advisory services.
The R&D Department efficiently supports:
- Evaluation of new and current formulations in different agro-eco regions of the country.
- Promotion and creating awareness about of the new products.
- Channelizing information to consumers for the right technical use,
- Developing interface with the State Departments of Agriculture.
- Training of agri-input dealers & farmers.
- Registration of pesticides, and label expansion on crops by generating data on different parameters like bio-efficacy, residue, persistence, toxicity etc.
Consumer Interface for Transfer of Technology
Dhanuka Agritech Limited has developed several public-private and private-private partnerships for agricultural extension activities.
(i) Agricultural Extension Management in Hoshangabad District, Madhya Pradesh
Dhanuka Group was the first to have Public-Private Partnership (PPP) with the Government of Madhya Pradesh for complete agricultural extension in Hoshangabad district in 2001. Besides taking over the soil & water testing laboratory, advisory services, training of farmers, demonstration of technology, field visits, production & distribution of literature, mass media support, etc. are also carried out. In recognition of its excellent success, National Productivity Council awarded it in 2004. During the project, the productivity of wheat and soybean in the District steadily increased. An independent study carried out by the National Institute of Agricultural Extension Management (MANAGE), Hyderabad in 2009 recommended that this model should be adopted in other States as well.
1.Seed treatment fortnight through mobile van-launching by the then Hon’ble Agriculture Minister of M.P. Ch. Chandra Bhan Singh.
2.Soil testing lab-being visited by Sarvshri Faiz Ahmed, the then Collector , Hoshangabad and Sadhu Ram Sharma, ex-sugarcane commissioner, M.P.
3.A view of the VIPs during the one-day meet for doubling agricultural production. Addressing the delegates is Shri L. P. Patel, the then Director of Agriculture, M.P.
4. Exhibition stall of Dhanuka Agritech Limited.
5. Inauguration of first Satcom receiving terminal at Powarkhera by Shri Digvijay Singh, the then Chief Minister of M.P.
6. Field demonstration on wheat in village Semaritala.
NPC Award for Hoshangabad Project being received jointly
by GC, Dhanuka Agritech Limited & Director of Agriculture, M.P.
Shri R. G. Agarwal, GC, Dhanuka Agritech Ltd. Being
awarded a memento by the then Hon’ble Agriculture
Minister, M.P. for a highly successful Public-Private
Partnership in Hoshangabad district.
The group has entered in to PPP with Krishi Vigyan Kendra (KVK), Chomu in district Jaipur, Rajasthan for technology assessment and refinement, demonstrations and training of pesticides dealers and farmers on judicious use of pesticides, and publication of literature.
On a request from MANAGE, Dhanuka Agritech Limited was the first to provide financial support to 40 Agri-Input Dealers of East Godavari district for attending one year Diploma on Agri Extension Services for Input-Dealers (DAESI). A joint function was organized at Rajamundry on 21 December 2008 to felicitate the agri-input after successful completion of the DAESI. As a follow-up, Dhanuka Group has requested other institutions to organize such a course, for which 75% of the fee may be subsidized.
View of the VIPs on the dias during felicitation of DAESI awardees
Since 5 September 2006, we have collaboration with the Directorate of Extension, C.S. Azad University of Agriculture & Technology for providing recent information through demonstrations, exhibitions, farmer’s meetings, and literature to the Chandarshekhar Krishik Samiti since September 2206.
(v) Ministry of Agriculture-100% Seed Treatment Campaign
The Ministry of Agriculture, GOI through its plant protection division started 100% seed treatment campaign on a large scale in kharif and rabi 2007. One of the components of this campaign is educating the farmers about right use of pesticides and the precautions to be taken while purchasing to avoid spurious pesticides use. Besides enhanced coverage through mass media, the involvement of students of SAUs and scientists is likely to have greater impact. Dhanuka Agritech Limited is very actively involved in this campaign, and has requested the State Departments of Agriculture, SAUs and ICAR Institutes to organize demonstrations, training, and workshops/seminars, wherein Dhanuka Group could be an active partner.
Dr. W.R. Reddy, Ex Joint Secretary (Plant Protection), Govt. of India addressing
the farmers after launching of seed treatment machine.
(vi) Government of Rajasthan
Under the Soil Health & Nutrition Project of the Central Government, Dhanuka Agritech Limited has been provided mobile soil testing van in February 2011 by the Government of Rajasthan. The van is equipped with necessary instrumentation facility for on –the- spot soil & water testing and issue of farm advisories. The van is in operation in Alwar District of Rajasthan.
(vii.) Govt. of West Bengal
Recently , Dhanuka Agritech Limited have joined in partnership with the Directorate of Agriculture, Govt. of West Bengal for demonstration, training and interface visits for seed treatment & control of weeds to enhance the productivity of groundnut. It is envisaged to implement the project in Purba Midnapore district during 2013 and 2014.
(viii.) Interface Visits Scientists
As per demand interactive visits of scientists are arranged to facilitate appropriate technology backstopping. Recently one such interactive visit was arranged on 21-22 December 2011 of scientists from Tamil Nadu Agricultural University, Coimbatore; Tamil Nadu Rice Research Institute, Aduthurai; Soil & Water Management Research Institute, Kattuthottam; Oilseeds Research Station, Tindivanam; Agriculture Research Station, Pattukottai ; and National Pulses Research Centre, Vamban to research farms of Andhra Pradesh Agricultural University , Agricultural Research Station (Pulses), Regional Agricultural Research Station, Lam Farm, Guntur and to the farmer’s fields .
Four batches of cotton growers sponsored by the Government of Haryana visited farmer’s fields in Rajkot and Jamnagar in Gujarat on 19-20 and 29 October 2010 to exchange technology of cotton production. The farmers also visited Dhanuka Suvidha Centre.
Bihar Litchi Growers Association
For the first time, a collaborative project under Private-Private partnership has also been adopted since August 2006 with the Bihar Litchi Growers Association to transfer improved technology of quality litchi production to the selected litchi growers. It has enhanced the export potential of litchi produce from Bihar.
Our industry deals with consumers who often lack awareness of pesticides use for enhancing their crop production & productivity and often are constrained by low resource endowments. Dhanuka Agritech Limited besides engaging prominent professionals, also engages over two thousand ‘Dhanuka Doctors’ as per need temporarily every year, for working closely with farmers at large. The field activities include:
- On field demonstrations and field days
- Educational campaigns and group meetings
- Circulation of product & technology literature
- Workshops & seminars with the participation of SMSs from the SAUs
Celebration of 50 Years of Agrochemicals in India
(a) One-Day Meet at SAUS
The year 2010 marked the completion of 50 Years of agrochemicals in India as the Imperial Chemical Industries (ICI) started formulation in 1960 of first commercial pesticide -Gammexane, commonly known as BHC at Gurgaon on job-work basis, for Government as well as for private sale, which is owned by Dhanuka Group since 1980. Since then Dhanuka Group has made an unparalleled growth. The beginning of celebration was with ‘11 Kundiya Maha Yagya’ at Vrindavan, District Mathura, Uttar Pradesh from 16-24 March 2010 when over 5000 devotees (Vice Chancellors, Directors of Agriculture, Scientists, Distributors, Dealers, and farmers from across the country) prayed to the Lord for bountiful rains. This was followed by year round activities jointly with SAUs. Eleven One-Day MEET on ‘A Golden March towards Food Security & Sustainability’ were organized with the collaboration of SAUs across the country.
- A ‘Corporate Award’ to be conferred on a student completing B. Sc (Agr.) for academic attainments, to be chosen by the University was also announced.
Dr. M. S. Kang, VC, Er. B.S. Sidhu, Director of Agriculture, Govt. of Punjab , Dr C.D. Mayee, Chairman, ASRB, Shri R.G. Agarwal, GC, Dhanuka Agritech Limited at MEET at PAU, Ludhiana
Dr B.S. Bisht, VC, and Prof. R. B. Singh, Former ADG, FAO, Rome at MEET at GBPU&AT, Pantnagar
Dr. R. K. Kusmaria, Hon’ble Minister of Farmers Welfare & Agriculture Development, Govt. of MP releasing a publication,’ Public-Private Partnership in Agricultural Extension Management: A Case Study of Hoshangabad Model,’ brought out by MANAGE, Hyderabad ; and Dr P. Raghava Reddy, VC, Acharya NG Ranga Agricultural University, Hyderabad at the MEET.
(b) National Seminar jointly with ICAR
A national seminar on ‘Transfer of Technology of Strategic Pesticides Use to Enhance Agricultural Production & Food Security’ was organized as a part of public-private partnership by the ICAR (Division of Agricultural Extension) and Dhanuka Agritech Limited on 1 June 2011. Over 400 distinguished participants- Deputy Director Generals and Assistant Director Generals, ICAR; Vice Chancellors (including Former Vice Chancellors); Deans and Directors of Research/Extension Education of SAUs, Directors, Zonal Project Directors & Project Coordinators from ICAR Institutes, Programme Coordinators of KVK, and Representative from Industry, Distributors and Farmers actively deliberated.
The Seminar was inaugurated by Dr S. Ayyappan, Secretary, Department of Agricultural Research & Education, Govt. of India and Director General, ICAR and the chief guest’s remarks during the concluding session were given by Dr V.V. Sadamate, Advisor (Agriculture), Planning Commission, Govt. of India. The D.G also released a bulletin brought out by Dhanuka on this occasion. The proceedings & recommendations have been widely circulated for action by all the stakeholders.
A view of the Inaugural Session on 1 June 2011
Proceedings & Recommendations of the National Seminar
Dhanuka Group is proactive for improved transfer of agriculture technology to all the farmers as per their need and therefore, the R&D and marketing team work in partnership and tailor recommendations in a ‘best-fit’ approach rather than ‘one-size-fits-all’ thereby ensuring higher adoption at farm level.