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IPL Biologicals & Punjab Agricultural University collaborate to launch bio-fungicide for paddy farmers
Thursday, 13 June, 2024, 08 : 00 AM [IST]
Our Bureau, New Delhi
IPL Biologicals Limited, a leading agro-biological company, has partnered with Punjab Agricultural University (PAU) to launch Agenor, a cutting-edge bio-fungicide designed to address the challenges faced by paddy farmers. This collaboration formalised through a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU), underscores a shared commitment to agricultural innovation and sustainability. The MOU facilitates the exchange of expertise and resources to develop solutions for longstanding issues such as Bakane disease, which has severely impacted paddy farmers.

It demonstrates exceptional efficacy in controlling Bakane disease, also known as foot rot, a detrimental seed-borne ailment that can cause yield reductions ranging from 3% to 95% annually. By incorporating Agenor into their agricultural practices, farmers can significantly enhance their yields. Additionally, the product ensures consistent quality at competitive prices, optimising benefits for farmers.

The strain was developed by distinguished scientists at PAU. Leveraging this partnership, IPL Biologicals spearheaded the research and development efforts, formulating the product into a wettable powder and successfully registering it under the Central Insecticides Board & Registration Committee (CIB&RC) as Trichoderma asperellum 2% WP, now known as Agenor.

Harsh Vardhan Bhagchandka, president, IPL Biologicals, said, “This collaboration with PAU marks a significant milestone in our journey to provide sustainable solutions for farmers. Agenor is a testament to our commitment to innovation and excellence in agricultural biotechnology. We are confident that Agenor will greatly benefit paddy farmers by effectively controlling Bakane disease and improving crop yields.”

Dr Satbir Singh Gosal, vice chancellor of Punjab Agricultural University, said, “Our collaboration with IPL Biologicals highlights the importance of partnerships in advancing agricultural research. The development of Agenor is a breakthrough for paddy farmers, especially in regions where Bakane disease is prevalent. We believe this product will make a substantial difference in crop protection and yield improvement.”
 
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