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Emerging Trends in Biological Solutions 

By Harshvardhan Bhagchandka, President, IPL Biologicals

Driven by factors such as increasing demand for organic and natural products, rising concerns about food safety and security, and a growing focus on sustainable agriculture practices, the growth prospects for biological solutions in the agri-industry look promising in 2024 as well.

There is no denying the fact that India is a country with an agrarian economy, where a large number of people depend on agriculture. And in today’s ever-evolving era, various crop cultivations have revealed the country’s agricultural wealth. The country’s economy relies greatly on agriculture, providing employment and food security for its large citizenry. To highlight this fact, Statista indicates that more than 151 million people earn their living in this industry, which generates diverse advantages and accounts for approximately 18 per cent of the country’s GDP.

Nonetheless, in addition to the benefits, other health and environmental problems have taken centre stage, causing negative consequences for the agriculture sector and threatening its viability. Issues such as soil degradation, water scarcity, and the excessive and injudicious use of pesticides have led to decreased crop yields and increased health risks for farmers and consumers. In a bid to address these challenges, various trends have emerged, including sustainable farming practices, technical developments, and government laws decreasing chemical inputs and boosting organic sustainable farming. Nevertheless, it is still a complex process to achieve agricultural production while considering protecting the environment and safeguarding the health of farming populations.

Despite various trends, biological solutions have emerged as a beacon of hope to address these concerns. In agriculture, biological solutions refer to the use of natural creatures such as beneficial insects, microbes, bacteria, and fungi to manage pests and diseases, improve soil health, and boost crop growth. They are gaining popularity because they can lessen reliance on synthetic pesticides and fertilisers, thereby avoiding harmful environmental and human health implications. The biological solutions are equally sustainable in the long run, as they promote biodiversity and ensure ecosystem-based services necessary for a robust farm system. Thus, biological solutions come forth as a sustainable approach to farming that can help reduce the negative impact of conventional agriculture on the environment and human health.

Biological solutions: A cognizance and its types

Have you ever wondered how we can make agriculture more sustainable? Well, the answer lies in the use of biological solutions! These amazing products are derived from natural sources and work in tandem with traditional synthetic solutions to create a better environment for our crops. But wait, not all biological solutions are created equal! While some are certified organic, others are not. But not to worry, because these products come in a variety of forms, including biostimulants, biofertilisers, biofungicides, bioinsecticides, and many more.

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