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Yu served as Senior Vice President and General Manager at Yara International

Royal Agrifirm Group has appointed Doris Yu as Managing Director of Asia. Yu has more than 20 years of experience in the food and agriculture industry and will be responsible for overseeing Agrifirm’s business in the Asia region.

Royal Agrifirm Group, a global agricultural company, has announced that Doris Yu has joined Agrifirm as its Managing Director in Asia, from a career that includes leadership positions at global companies such as Cargill and Royal DSM. Most recently, Yu served as Senior Vice President and General Manager at Yara International. With a track record of strategic leadership and business development, Doris Yu is positioned to lead Agrifirm’s team in advancing the company’s strategy and growth initiatives in Asia.

The appointment of Doris Yu comes as Jeroen Jeuken, Managing Director Asia, prepares to pursue other opportunities after nearly a decade of dedicated and committed service at Agrifirm. Under Jeuken’s leadership, the Asian region has achieved significant milestones in business development and growth, setting the foundation for further progress. He has played a pivotal role in navigating Agrifirm through significant challenges in Asia, including the complexities posed by the COVID-19 pandemic and the African swine fever outbreak. Agrifirm states that it extends its sincere gratitude to Jeroen for his contributions and wishes him the very best in his future endeavours.

Yu served as Senior Vice President and

With this certification, Yara joins a league of prominent organizations recognised for an exceptional work environment with an enviable culture.

Yara India, a subsidiary of Yara International and the world’s leading crop nutrition company, has been certified as a Great Place to Work®, in the category of mid-size organisations from February 2024-February 2025. The Great Place to Work Certification recognises employers who create an outstanding employee experience.

Description automatically generated Yara India has received this certification for the first time, based on the direct feedback from employees that was provided as part of an extensive anonymous survey about their experience at Yara India. With this certification, Yara joins a league of prominent organizations recognised for an exceptional work environment with an enviable culture. The survey showcased employees’ appreciation for Yara’s flexible approach, openness to innovation, and transparent practices, which contributed to this prestigious acknowledgment.

Speaking on the occasion, Sanjiv Kanwar, Managing Director, Yara South Asia, said, “We are thrilled to be recognized as a ‘Great Place to Work’. This certification is beneficial to us as it provides us with a globally recognized and research-backed verification of great employee experience. We at Yara have always aimed to create an inclusive, collaborative, and innovative workplace environment, nurturing talent, and supporting their ambitions in the industry. Our continuous growth efforts as an organization and as a part of this industry, align with our global commitment to responsibly nourish the world, while uplifting the local community towards a nature positive food future.”

Great Place to Work is the global authority on workplace culture. Their mission is to help every place become a great place to work for all. Since 1992, they have surveyed more than 100 million employees worldwide and used those deep insights to define what makes a great workplace. Their recognition is the most coveted and respected in the world for elevating employer brands to attract the right people. Their proprietary methodology and platform enable organizations to truly capture, analyse, and understand the experience of all employees. Their Certification, Best Workplaces™ Lists, and global benchmarks have become the industry standard, built on data from employees in 150 countries around the world.

With this certification, Yara joins a league

The broad-spectrum insecticide protects white grub and termites, which are a big challenge for Indian farmers.

Insecticides (India) Limited (IIL), one of the nation’s leading crop protection and nutrition companies, has unveiled a patented insecticide called Turner with unique properties and residual control, effective against white grub and termites on a variety of crops. 

Turner is an innovative broad-spectrum insecticide that protects white grub and termites, which are a big challenge for Indian farmers. With contact, stomach & repellent properties, Turner will turn out to be a superior tool to fight these insects for the farmers. Turner is a patented product with long-term effectiveness.

Commenting at the launch, Rajesh Aggarwal, Managing Director, IIL, said, “At IIL, we are driven by a strong R&D team, committed to bringing the latest global technologies and introduce novel and sustainable solutions to address Indian farmers’ challenges. Turner is a breakthrough technology promising a leap forward in pest management. We are confident that Turner will help farmers improve their income through effective protection for a superior harvest.”

“Indian growers deserve access to the most advanced solutions to help them achieve better yields. We aim to provide our hardworking farmers with the right product with the best quality possible within their reach.,” Aggarwal further added.

The broad-spectrum insecticide protects white grub and

 The campaign aims to empower the farmers to produce high-quality yields that are both nutritious and sustainable.

 Yara India, a subsidiary of Yara International and the world’s leading crop nutrition company, announced the launch of its new digital campaign, “Kissan ka Sachcha Yaar”. The campaign is aimed at highlighting Yara’s commitment to empowering farmers to produce high-quality yields that are both nutritious and sustainable.

The campaign coincides with the launch of FarmCare 2.0, an innovative app designed to support farming communities across India. The app provides farmers with real-time weather updates, soil management guidance, efficient fertilizer use, and a convenient online marketplace connecting them with nearby Yara Crop Nutrition Centers (YCNCs).

In India where 43 per cent of the total workforce is engaged in agriculture, farming is more than just an occupation—it’s a way of life— deeply rooted in community and camaraderie. Farmers share a unique bond, characterized by their willingness to support each other at all times. Yara recognizes this bond and aims to strengthen it further through the “Kissan ka Sachcha Yaar” campaign.

The visual language of the campaign draws inspiration from the deep sense of community among Indian farmers. It captures the spirit of collaboration and unity, symbolizing the everyday acts of kindness and support that define the farming brotherhood. From sowing seeds to reaping the harvest, Indian farmers work hand in hand, embodying the essence of true friendship.

Moreover, the campaign emphasises that Yara isn’t just a supporter of farmers; it’s also a friend to retailers. By empowering both farmers and retailers alike, Yara nurtures a relationship based on mutual growth and prosperity. Through collaborative efforts, Yara ensures that the farming ecosystem flourishes, benefiting all involved.

Commenting on the occasion, Sanjiv Kanwar, Managing Director, Yara South Asia said, “We are thrilled to launch our latest campaign, ‘Kissan ka Sachcha Yaar’. It embodies Yara’s unwavering dedication to strengthening the agricultural communities in India. This initiative underscores our pledge to forge enduring partnerships, drive sustainable growth, and pave the way for a prosperous tomorrow, together with our valued farming community and retailers and pave the way for a prosperous tomorrow.”

Yara’s “Kissan ka Sachcha Yaar” campaign is a testament to the brand’s commitment to supporting the farming community in India. By empowering farmers and retailers, Yara aims to create a sustainable future for all.

 The campaign aims to empower the farmers

Company plans to use the funds to boost visibility, expand distribution, and enhance production capacity.

 Indic Wisdom, an agri-produce startup raised Rs 4 crores in Pre-Series A Round led by Inflection Point Ventures. Mahendra Sankhe, Launch Capital, Bifco Finance, and other HNIs also participated in the round. The funds will be utilized to enhance the brand’s visibility, expand its distribution network, and build production capacity toward increasing market presence and operational efficiency.

Indic Wisdom Pvt. Limited traces its inspiration to India’s egalitarian culinary traditions. Growing up learning that food should always be natural and always shared with everyone, Kaustubh Khare and Prajakta Khare founded the brand to contemporise that civilizational wisdom and produce goodness at scale, with a focus on wood-pressed oils.

Rahul Wagh, Managing Director, Inflection Point Ventures, said, “Conventional oils encounter issues concerning their quality, safety, nutrient content, and environmental impact. Choosing wood-pressed oils gives a healthier and more sustainable choice for both manufacturers and consumers. With the global wood-pressed oil market expected to grow from USD 9.63 billion in 2022 to USD 18.61 billion by 2030, at a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 8.57 per cent, there’s a clear shift towards the healthier alternatives. This, with increasing awareness about the health concerns related to conventional oils, brings us here, to the right path that our ancestors paved.”

Indic Wisdom stands out with its strengths and unique selling points (USPs) such as in-house manufacturing and rigorous quality control, to ensure the finest products. Offering price parity in the category, it remains PAT positive for the past four years, reflecting financial stability. The brand’s extensive range of oils and its presence across multiple channels further contribute to its distinct position in the market.

Currently, they operate at a scale where they extract 70 thousand liters of oil per month, highlighting their significant production capacity.

Prajakta Khare, Founder & Director, Indic Wisdom, said, “At Indic Wisdom, our goal is to take India’s timeless tradition of prasad – food that is pure, sustainable, and meant for everyone – to every corner of the world. We are doing this by taking our ancient wisdom and food production practices and infusing them with modern production best practices and quality standards. In an era when India is rising in stature in the world and our manufacturing is being looked at with great promise, we believe we can be the embodiment of India’s best traditions, promoting purity and accessibility of food, sustainable growth for ecosystems, and responsible conduct in society.

Proudly bootstrapped, we have made this ethos come to life with our Wood Pressed Oil extraction plant. Not only is it India’s largest, but it is also a ZERO WASTE manufacturing facility that has generated employment in the tribal belt of Palghar and achieve impressive monthly GMV of Rs 2.5 crores.

Company plans to use the funds to

The partnership aims to support potato farmers in enhancing crop productivity and quality to gain acceptance for produce in the market.

Yara India, a subsidiary of Yara International and the world’s leading crop nutrition company, has signed an MoU with the Department of Horticulture and Food Processing, Government of Uttar Pradesh. The MoU was signed by Vinaya Kumar Sharma, Head Commercial, Yara India, at the 2nd International Conference and Buyer-Seller Meet in Agra on February 04, 2024. The strategic partnership aims to support potato farmers in enhancing crop productivity and quality to gain acceptance for produce in the market. The primary objective is to introduce them to emerging digital technologies and building their capacity for higher efficiency and sustainability in farming practices.

Following the MoU signing, Dr Atul Kumar Singh, Director- Horticulture and Food Processing Department, Uttar Pradesh, visited Yara’s Knowledge Grows Centre (YKGC) in Agra, which serves as a centre of excellence, fostering development and enhancing the best farming practices. During the visit, officials from the Department of Horticulture and Food Processing, Government of Uttar Pradesh, and the leadership team of Yara India interacted with potato farmers and toured four demo potato plots, which showcased the efforts Yara has made to enhance crop productivity and contribute to farmers’ livelihood.

Speaking on the occasion, Sanjiv Kanwar, Managing Director, Yara South Asia, said, “We are excited to partner with the Department of Horticulture and Food Processing, Government of Uttar Pradesh, on this transformative journey towards enhancing the productivity and profitability of potato farmers in the region. Our collaboration is focused on building an ecosystem that supports and uplifts the livelihoods of our farmers, while also revolutionising food systems for a healthier and more resilient future. We are committed to working closely with other value chain players, from seed to final output companies, along with our team of Yara Agronomists, to introduce digital innovations such as our newly revamped FarmCare app and improve food quality.”

Dr Atul Kumar Singh, Director- Horticulture and Food Processing Department, Uttar Pradesh, said, “Yara India’s partnership with the Department of Horticulture and Food Processing, Government of Uttar Pradesh, is a significant step towards empowering potato farmers in the region. This partnership will introduce farmers to cutting-edge digital technologies and innovative solutions that will significantly enhance crop productivity and quality, thereby contributing to the overall prosperity of the farmers and their families. The Yara Knowledge Grow Center in Agra is an excellent platform for developing and enhancing the best farming practices, and we are confident that our farmers will benefit greatly from the knowledge and expertise shared by Yara’s team of agronomists.”

Yara Knowledge Grow Center (YKGC) in Agra is a center of excellence for developing and enhancing the best farming practices. The YKGC serves as a platform for conducting physical meetings and actively engages with the local community by conducting regular training programs for farmers.

The partnership aims to support potato farmers

The budget 24 announcement about mandatory blending of CBG in CNG and PNG, financial assistance for procurement of biomass aggregation machinery to support collection will boost dairy industry.

Union Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman presented the interim Union Budget for forthcoming financial year (2024-25) in the parliament.FM announced schemes and special programmes for the various sectors of agriculture.

Jayen Mehta, Managing Director, Gujarat Cooperative Milk Marketing Federation Ltd. (GCMMF) (Amul) said that in her budget speech, Nirmala Sitharaman, Union Finance Minister informed the parliament that India is the largest producer of milk in the world. She mentioned a comprehensive programme for supporting dairy farmers will be formulated. Efforts are already on to control foot and mouth disease. India is the world’s largest milk producer but with low productivity of milch-animals. The programme will be built on the success of existing schemes such Rashtriya Gokul Mission, National Livestock Mission, and Infrastructure Development Funds for dairy processing and animal husbandry.

Mehta said, “Amul welcomes this support to the dairy industry of the country. India contributes to 24 per cent of the total milk production of the world and at the current rate of growth and the world dairy situation, India will contribute to one third of the total milk production in the world in a decade. The proposed comprehensive program for supporting dairy farmers will help India achieve the dream of becoming the ‘Dairy to the world.’

The Union Cabinet chaired by Prime Minister Narendra Modi has today approved the continuation of Animal Husbandry Infrastructure Development Fund (AHIDF) to be implemented under Infrastructure Development Fund (IDF) with an outlay of Rs.29,610.25 crore for another three years up to 2025-26.

The scheme will incentivise investments for Dairy processing and product diversification, Animal Feed Plant, Breed multiplication farm, Animal Waste to Wealth Management (Agri-waste management) and Veterinary vaccine and drug production facilities.”

Government of India will provide 3 per cent interest subvention for 8 years and the Dairy Cooperatives will also avail benefits for modernisation, strengthening of the dairy plants.

Further, Finance Minister also announced that the Government will further promote private and public investment in post-harvest activities including aggregation, modern storage, efficient supply chains, primary and secondary processing and marketing and branding for ensuring faster growth of the food processing sector.

It may be noted that Amul has announced investments of Rs 11500 crores over the next 2-3 years for all round expansion of its dairy processing infrastructure.

 Finance Minister also announced the phased mandatory blending of compressed biogas (CBG) in compressed natural gas (CNG) for transport and piped natural gas (PNG) for domestic purposes will be mandated. Further, financial assistance will be provided for procurement of biomass aggregation machinery to support collection. This will support Amul’s initiative to promote circular economy by collecting dung from its farmers through the cooperative model, process it into compressed biogas (CBG) and bio fertilizer and thereby benefiting the farmers through additional income from dung, the economy by reducing imports of fuel and fertilizer and also supporting the plant. Amul has plans to set up 100 such CBG fuel pumps in the next couple of years across Gujarat.

Cooperatives are a powerful institutional mechanism to connect all these four and provide them sustainable benefits over a long period of time as the Amul model has successfully demonstrated. We believe that the initiatives of new Ministry of Cooperation shall help promote this cause for the betterment of all these four major castes through the several measures being taken for strengthening of cooperatives across the country.

The budget 24 announcement about mandatory blending

The initiative provides a suite of services to dairy farmers, including supplying IoT enabled collar devices for tracking vital health parameters of dairy animals.

Rockwell Automation, the world’s largest company focused on industrial automation and digital transformation, is helping to modernise farming practices in rural India in partnership with ISAP India Foundation.

The initiative, titled “Economic and Social Development of Indian Village Through Technology-Enabled Dairy Farming,” aims to help modernise dairy farming practices in the water-scarce region of Antargaon (near Nagpur) in Wardha District, Maharashtra. This also involved collaboration with a technology implementation partner – eVerse.AI, to implement this corporate social responsibility (CSR) project.

The on-ground implementation utilises cutting-edge digital technologies and scientific veterinary practices to improve livestock development. The interventions of this project undertaken over the last six to seven months, beginning in May 2023, has already yielded promising results. The initiative provides a suite of services to dairy farmers, including supplying IoT (Internet of Things) enabled collar devices for tracking vital health parameters of dairy animals, providing mobile phone-based alerts and advice to farmers from veterinary experts, use of muzzle-based biometric identification system to provide digital identity to animals along with 12-digit Pashu Aadhar, use of eVerse.

AI’s newly launched CowGPT platform to provide accurate insights and advisory to dairy farmers about animal health, ration balancing advisory services, fodder development activities, supply of quality animal feed, village level animal health services, dairy farming extension programs (training, demos, expert visits), market integration activities for milk sale and the creation of additional revenue sources for families of dairy farmers utilizing animal waste products.

Speaking about the project, Dilip Sawhney, Managing Director, Rockwell Automation India, said: “We are thrilled that our CSR project at Antargaon, Maharashtra, is already showing early signs of success and providing tangible benefits to local farmers, and augmenting their incomes. Rockwell Automation is committed to give back to the communities where we operate by engaging in tech-led initiatives to create impact at a societal level. We are confident that this project will continue to help the people of Antargaon to benefit from the technology-enabled scientific management of the health and reproductive cycles of their farm animals. Projects like this will eventually lead to improved incomes and better quality of life in rural communities throughout India.”

The decentralised structure of dairy farming in India and limited awareness about scientific veterinary practices among rural farmers contributes to these issues. By partnering with ISAP India Foundation, Rockwell Automation aims to improve livelihoods of dairy farmers in one of the most water-scarce areas of the country, by using innovative products and services that leverage cutting-edge digital technologies for livestock development through scientifically proven veterinary practices.

The initiative provides a suite of services

Maersk’s new Cold Store facility will offer temperature-controlled storage solutions for perishable frozen processed food items.

A.P. Moller–Maersk (Maersk), the global integrated logistics company, broke ground for its upcoming Rs 113 crore Cold Store facility at Mehsana in North Gujarat, stated an official release. Being built exclusively for HyFun Foods, the brand-new facility will offer temperature-controlled storage solutions for perishable frozen processed food items.

Maersk’s new Cold Store facility spread over 2.6 lakh square feet will be constructed close to the HyFun Foods’ manufacturing facility and will serve as the mother Cold Store facility. The 14,700-pallet position facility will be built at the Fanidhar Mega Food Park and will be one of India’s largest single-shed cold stores. The large facility will help the customer store all the cargo in a single facility instead of multiple smaller facilities before dispatch.

“Frozen food items need high quality, unbroken cold chain logistics solutions to preserve their integrity. Our new, state-of-the-art facility at Mehsana will be equipped with the highest standards of temperature compliance, with customised racking system to suit customer’s exact requirements, and modern technology to ensure top-notch operational accuracy,” said Vikash Agarwal, Managing Director, Maersk South Asia.

Maersk’s existing integrated cold chain solution provided to the customer will continue to ensure that an unbroken cold chain logistics solution is provided to the customer as the cargo moves from the manufacturing facility. This includes landside transportation to the port by road and rail, coordination at the port, customs clearances and ocean transportation for all export cargo, making this investment a step towards a truly integrated and end-to-end logistics solution.

Maersk also provides the customer with Captain Peter solution, a Remote Container Management system, that provides full visibility to the customer during cold chain transportation. It monitors temperature and other critical elements necessary to ensure the integrity of cold chain logistics at the fingertip of the customer.

The facility will boast of operational and sustainable excellence using Ammonia refrigeration, which is a natural gas with zero Global Warming Potential (GWP). The facility will also use high-efficiency compressors that operate with lower power consumption. PIR panels will be used at the cold store facility which are built for fire resistance and have lower thermal conductivity.

The facility will be equipped with modern warehouse management systems that will ensure the most efficient inventory management. It also provides real-time visibility to the customer on inventory developments in order to let the customer make informed decisions on inventory management. The facility will adhere to the highest safety standards as well such as a human-friendly staging area and a robust fire detection and firefighting system, the release mentioned.

Maersk’s new Cold Store facility will offer

Under the MoU, the company plans to invest Rs 500 crores in Telangana and employ 5000 people.

Witnessing the potential in the Southern parts of India, BL Agro, India’s fastest-growing FMCG company, has signed an MOU with Chief Minister of Telangana, Anumula Revanth Reddy to set up a manufacturing unit in the State. The MoU was signed recently at the World Economic Forum at Davos, Switzerland. Under the MoU, the company plans to invest Rs 500 crores in Telangana and employ 5000 people. With this, BL Agro sets its footprints in South India, after becoming a household name in North and East India.

The new manufacturing unit will be engaged in producing the entire range of ‘Nourish’ products-wheat flour, pasta, vermicelli, spices, papad, etc., along with rice bran and cotton seed oils. This plant will be instrumental in providing employment to 5,000 workers, including skilled workforce, farmers and other workers.

On signing the MoU with Telangana Government, Ashish Khandelwal, Managing Director, BL Agro said, “It is a moment of pride for us as a Group company to sign an MoU with Telangana Government and expand our footprints in the Southern part of the country. The MOU signed at WEF represents our shared commitment to redefining the agricultural landscape, bringing forth a new era of sustainable development in the State, and our country eventually”.

“The new manufacturing unit will set the stage for innovation, empowerment, and prosperity for the State’, added Khandelwal.

As per the guidelines laid in the MoU, BL Agro, along with its group company, Leads Connect agritech, plans to create an agri value chain in the State under its initiative ‘Khet Se Kitchen Tak’, which supports the farmers’ community and agribusinesses, and help improve productivity and sustainability in the agriculture sector.

Under the MoU, the company plans to

Maersk will explore strategic investment opportunities in land development for logistics hubs, warehousing facilities.

A.P. Moller – Maersk (Maersk) and the Government of Tamil Nadu signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) during the Tamil Nadu Global Investors Meet 2024. As per this MoU, Maersk and the Government of Tamil Nadu entered a partnership that allows both to explore strategic opportunities together and enable the state’s growing trade.

Maersk will explore strategic investment opportunities in land development for logistics hubs, warehousing facilities and deployment of electric trucks for distribution network in a bid to enable the Indian state’s growing trade. The Government of Tamil Nadu will provide Maersk with the right access to information, enable faster decision-making and provide a conducive environment to implement the latest in technology and best global practices.

Tamil Nadu is currently the third-largest contributor to India’s GDP, with the potential to become the second-largest next year. It is also the third-largest exporter from India, with an ambition to become a 1 trillion USD economy by 2030. In a state with such ambitions and a clear roadmap aided by a conducive business ecosystem, the right policy framework, a competitive environment and a large pool of young and future-proof talent, it is a win-win for Maersk and the state to partner and explore all potential opportunities for enabling trade.

Vikash Agarwal, Managing Director, Maersk South Asia said, “We have a long-standing 25-year relationship with the state of Tamil Nadu. The state’s conducive business ecosystem, robust infrastructure and a future-proof talent pool make it an attractive destination to invest in. We offer robust integrated logistics solutions in Tamil Nadu to various global and local customers across sectors such as Renewables, Automotive, Electronics, etc. Looking at the potential for growth in trade out of the state, we are now ready to explore opportunities that will allow us to develop land for integrated logistics hubs, build warehousing infrastructure and a sustainable distribution network to strengthen our integrated logistics solutions”.

Integrated Logistics in Action

The state of Tamil Nadu is currently connected to the global ocean network through Maersk’s two major service calls. Further, Maersk has a robust distribution network that connects the ocean ports to the hinterland, where many of the manufacturers and consumers are located. Maersk also has a cold storage facility in Chennai, which caters to its customers’ frozen and chilled cargo.

In addition to these, Maersk will now explore opportunities to invest in land development to create logistics hubs. These logistics hubs will implement the best practices from global examples to drive maximum efficiency while delivering resilience to customers’ supply chains. Maersk will also study the customer needs for storage facilities and build modern, state-of-the-art warehousing facilities that would incorporate the latest Warehouse Management Systems for the most efficient inventory management and focus on waste reduction. Finally, Maersk will also invest in building a fleet of electric trucks that will ensure sustainable and environment-friendly distribution. This is an imperative for some of the top customers of Maersk who have set for themselves stringent NetZero targets and who reply on logistics partners who can deliver decarbonised solutions.

V. Vishnu IAS, Managing Director and CEO, Guidance, Tamil Nadu said, “We are happy to collaborate with Maersk as a strategic logistics partner. To attract global investments into the state, the availability of effective logistics and supply chain solutions is key. We believe this collaboration would bring the right global expertise, network, and ambition to enable the growth of trade in the state. Guidance, Tamil Nadu shall facilitate necessary support and bolster existing conducive environment to implement best global practices for proposed investments.”

Maersk will explore strategic investment opportunities in

With an investment of approximately Rs 700 crores the proposed facility is expected to create more than 750 direct and indirect jobs.

Indian Immunologicals Limited (IIL), one of India’s leading biotechnology companies dedicated to manufacturing and supplying life-saving vaccines, has started construction of its new greenfield veterinary vaccine facility to manufacture the Foot and Mouth Disease Vaccine (FMD-Vac) as well as Foot and Mouth Disease + Haemorrhagic Septicaemia Vaccine (FMD+HS-Vac) in Hyderabad’s Genome valley.

This brand-new unit will have a BSL3 facility for the manufacture of Drug substances and a Fill-Finish capability for the production of both drug products FMD vaccine and the FMD+HS vaccine.

Telangana State Industrial Infrastructure Corporation Ltd (TSIIC), a Government of Telangana undertaking had allotted the land to IIL at Biotech Park, Phase III, Karkapatla, Siddipet district in Telangana. The proposed facility has a capacity of 150 million doses/annum of FMD vaccine or FMD+HS vaccine each. With an investment of approximately Rs 700 crores the proposed facility is expected to create more than 750 direct and indirect jobs.

Indian Immunologicals Limited is a subsidiary of the National Dairy Development Board (NDDB). In its more than 40 years of journey, IIL has carved a niche space as a leading “One Health” organization, manufacturing animal and human vaccines. IIL also exports its products to more than 60 countries across the globe.

 Speaking on the occasion, Dr Meenesh Shah, Chairman of NDDB and IIL said, “IIL continues to fulfil the purpose for which it was created by NDDB as a world class vaccine manufacturer. This new vaccine manufacturing facility in Hyderabad is dedicated to the nation and will certainly aid in the eradication of Foot and Mouth Disease in our country. IIL’s ability to discover and manufacture affordable vaccines has saved the exchequer several thousand crores of rupees”.

Dr K Anand Kumar, Managing Director, IIL said, “We are the largest supplier of FMD vaccine to Government of India’s prestigious Livestock Health Disease Control Programme (LHDCP). We are in an exponential growth phase and expected to grow 40 per cent this year alone. In order to sustain the momentum, IIL is seriously considering making additional investments in building infrastructure within India and in other emerging geographies including Africa in a manner to develop tools that will help in control and eradication of diseases.”

With an investment of approximately Rs 700

The app introduces groundbreaking tools such as “map-my-farm,” real-time weather updates, a fertilizer calculator, and a digital leaf colour chart for accurate nitrogen assessment in crops.

Yara India, a subsidiary of the Norwegian multinational Yara International and a global leader in crop nutrition, proudly introduces the upgraded FarmCare app on World Soil Day. The app redefines the landscape of digital solutions tailored to farmers’ needs. Launched initially in 2021, the revamped app stands as a testament to Yara’s commitment to providing real-time agricultural solutions and empowering farmers through technological innovation.

The enhanced FarmCare app features a user-friendly interface and introduces groundbreaking tools such as “map-my-farm,” real-time weather updates, a fertilizer calculator, and a digital leaf colour chart for accurate nitrogen assessment in crops. A noteworthy addition is an integrated marketplace offering Yara product details, store locations, personalized crop insights, and knowledge advisories.

With over 4.5 million downloads and 2.2 million registrations, the FarmCare app has become an indispensable resource for 1.3 million active farmers across key states like Uttar Pradesh, Punjab, Bihar, Haryana, and Maharashtra. Providing insights for a diverse range of crops, including wheat, paddy, sugarcane, maize, beans, onions, and cotton, the app empowers farmers to optimize their agricultural practices.

Sanjiv Kanwar, Managing Director, Yara South Asia, said, “In the dynamic landscape of India’s agri-tech revolution, the revamped FarmCare app exemplifies Yara’s unwavering commitment to delivering cutting-edge agricultural solutions. Empowering farmers with a user-friendly interface, the app facilitates insightful weather pattern comprehension, digital soil analysis booking and resource optimization. Yara is dedicated to Indian agriculture beyond technology and continues to actively contribute to the enrichment of soil health and working towards growing a nature-positive food future. It is important to note that depletion of secondary and micronutrients in the soil is fast becoming a limiting factor in improving yields as well as nutritive value of the crops. This can be addressed by easier registration of new generation micronutrients at state as well as national level.”

Highlighting the pivotal role of soil health in Yara’s mission, it operates a state-of-the-art soil analysis lab in Babrala, UP. The cutting-edge facility conducts assessments covering chemical, physical, and biological aspects of soil, providing farmers with invaluable insights to manage soil effectively, optimize food production, and enhance the environmental benefits of soil. In line with Yara’s dedication to fostering a resilient and sustainable agricultural ecosystem in India, the soil analysis lab is a key component of its comprehensive approach.

Yara is committed to Indian agriculture beyond technology, encompassing community development, environmental sustainability, and strategic initiatives that uplift local farming communities. This strategic approach reinforces Yara’s enduring dedication to building a more resilient and sustainable agricultural landscape in India.

The app introduces groundbreaking tools such as

The platform facilitates farmer connectivity, enabling the exchange of insights on available technologies and facilitating supply-demand interaction.

Chennai based Covestro (India), a pioneering high-tech polymer materials manufacturer, has initiated a significant venture aimed at combatting post-harvest losses prevalent in India’s horticulture and fisheries sector. The company unveiled the groundbreaking Covestro Food Security Platform during a hybrid event held at the ITC Grand Chola in Chennai. This digital platform marks a collective effort bringing together government authorities, industry leaders, and farmers with the mission of empowering farmers through innovative postharvest technologies, thereby minimizing losses and augmenting the value of agricultural produce.

 Over the last decade, Covestro (India) has dedicated its efforts to a social transformation project under Inclusive Business, with the Food Security vertical being its inaugural pillar. Through this initiative, the team has spearheaded the installation of advanced solutions such as greenhouses for drying and cultivation, solar conduction dryers, solar cold stores, and the promotion of portable cold boxes. The Covestro Food Security Platform serves as a comprehensive resource hub, providing farmers with access to tools and knowledge to enhance postharvest processes, ultimately prolonging the shelf life of their produce.

 The platform facilitates farmer connectivity, enabling the exchange of insights on available technologies and facilitating supply-demand interactions. Additionally, it showcases produce that has undergone advanced post-harvest management techniques like solar drying and temperature-controlled preservation.

 India’s horticulture and fisheries sectors collectively encounter an average postharvest loss of 15- 20 per cent, leading to increased CO2 emissions and missed opportunities for value addition. Covestro responds to this challenge by introducing cutting-edge technologies and establishing a virtual platform to encourage widespread adoption. The integration of digitalization and modern technologies is pivotal in ensuring farmers receive equitable returns for their efforts, and the Covestro Food Security Platform stands as a significant stride towards achieving this at scale.

Anand Srinivasan, Managing Director, Covestro (India) Private Limited, emphasized the Food Security Platform as a testament to the global mission of Covestro: To make the world a brighter place. “We aim to foster innovation and growth through products, technologies, and partnerships that benefit society while minimizing environmental impact. I am confident the Food Security Platform will significantly add value to the hard work of our farmers.”

The event culminated in an interactive session between the audience and the Covestro team, featuring a live demonstration of the app’s features and potential benefits to farmers.

Speaking from his office, K Lakshminarayanan, Minister for Public Works, Fisheries, and Fisherman Welfare, Pondicherry, commended Covestro for its solutions, acknowledging their positive impact on both farmers and the fishing community.  

The platform facilitates farmer connectivity, enabling the