Evaluation of various insecticides including synthetic pyrethroids for management of bollworm complex in cotton and creating a cost effective crop and pest management schedule for cost effective control of these pests.
Implementing an innovative approach for maintaining a cold chain to retain the viability of temperature sensitive animal vaccines in rural India.
Evolved a successful management strategy for red hairy caterpillar in
field crops. The only recorded success anywhere in the country for effective management of any
pest of field crops by creating community wide awareness of the practices to be followed.
Introduced a novel method of managing termite problem in field crops through seed treatment with insecticides, reducing cost as well as quantity of pesticides used, this enjoyed widespread success and increased market shares.
Introduction of an innovative product for cutting down frequency of pesticidal sprays while increasing their efficacy
Evolved a novel pest management schedule for reducing intensity of Heliothis armigera attack on cotton with modified pesticide application strategy and crop rotation practices.
Innovation for reducing manpower costs (for inspecting ammunition boxes for the Indian Army) by preventing termite damage to fuse wires under desert conditions
Management of white grub (Holotrichia serrata) adult beetles through community wide management practices prior to egg laying
Introduction of a new plant growth regulator and discovering its ideal positioning for increasing yields of various crops under stress conditions
Introduction and positioning of a new herbicide for management of Avena fatua and Phalaris minor in wheat 1986
Introduction and market positioning of a new Japanese product for managing rice stem borer of rice as well as diamond back moth.
Introduction of a range of new products for a diverse range of crops and pest problems including novel IGR’s
Solving the problem of poor quality Indian grapes not meeting export quality requirements with a new plant growth regulator to enhance quality, yields and post harvest keeping quality. This helped increase exports of table grapes from India.
Management of house flies without recourse to pesticides in restaurants and secure areas
Cost effective rodent management in poultry by evolving an innovative baiting practices after studying rodent behaviour, using a single feed anticoagulant 1993. This system also proved useful in popularising the product in time for the outbreak of plague in cities in Western India.
Introduced a nozzle extension for household aerosol insecticides for the first time in India to enable application in cracks and crevices and reduce exposure to pesticides.
Contributed to the successful introduction of products from DuPont and Dow Chemicals in India
Headed the agrochemicals division an Indian company and turned around its agrochemicals division with a slew of activities. Implemented new processes for the cost effective production and marketing of 10 active ingredients in 10 years including fungicides, insecticides. Attained dominant market position by overhauling competition from established MNC’s and cheap Chinese imports. Implemented numerous quality improvement measures in my company and helped achieve ISO 9001, OHSAS 18000, ISO 14000 and 5S certification. Worked towards achieving 6 Sigma levels.
Exploring eco friendly alternatives to help Indian Agriculture face up to the emerging problems of erratic climatic patterns caused by global warming, increasing cases of resistance to pesticides and problems caused due their rampant misuse on the environment and human health.
Introduction of a novel wetting agent for improving pesticides efficacy and reducing frequency of use.
Discovered and introduced a new method for raising yields of cereals by 30 -70% by improving soil quality and thereby root growth and other crop parameters.
Management of rice blast (Pyricularia oryzae) in rice using eco friendly methods.
Developed a new technique for imparting better drought tolerance to field crops using a cost effective, eco friendly method.
Management of serious diseases in cereals and horticulture crops using eco friendly innovations Phytophthora infestation in cotton, vegetables and citrus
Evolved a method for managing the problem of Asian Citrus Psyllid using eco friendly methods
to minimise impact on beneficial insects.
Commenced study of HLB and restoration of orchards afflicted by this disease together with Phytophthora.
Commenced study of eco friendly methods for the management of yellow stripe rust in wheat
Management of leaf curl virus in potato, chillies, bell pepper, cotton
Ecofriendly measures for increasing yields of potato through reduction of disease infestation including Phytophthora infestans
Completed long term trials for management of Phytophthora, Citrus Psyllid and HLB (Citrus Greening) on Kinnows in North India. Achieved remarkable results and for the first time in the world successfully resuscitated citrus groves ravaged by these deadly diseases and insect pests
Continued work on citrus diseases and insect pests and helped
restore dozens of decrepit kinnow orchards. Encountered serious incidence of whitefly
(Bemisia tabaci) on cotton which farmers were finding difficult to manage even with the best
insecticides available internationally. Started to work on eco friendly alternatives.
Successfully demonstrated the efficacy of our STEP System in managing whitefly in cotton in a year marked by a whitefly epidemic which devastated the cotton crop in North India. Farmers using the STEP System achieved normal yields without using a single insecticidal spray.
Encountered white grub (Holotrichia serrata) for the first time on citrus, this was not adequately controlled despite farmers using high doses of some of the most toxic chemical pesticides known to man. Ten to twenty year old trees started dying within 7 -8 days resulting in serious economic losses to citrus farmers.
Developed an eco friendly alternative for solving the problem of white grubs. This is under
testing now and initial results are encouraging. Our methods have out performed conventional
methods in citrus and prevented tree mortality.
We will now be testing this under conditions of extremely high pest pressure to see how well this measures up.
Mother Nature has been around for 4.5 billion years slowly, but surely shaping our planet making it what it is today, our only home in the entire universe. Mankind has been around for only about 200,000 years, which is only a few ticks of the cosmic clock. Nature has been around much longer – over 22,500 times longer to be precise, a sobering thought. In that period, she has witnessed cataclysmic changes in climate and mass extinctions of life several times where dominant life forms have perished in leaving only their fossilized remains. In all likelihood she will witness them in the future as well. We receive everything we need for our survival from Mother Nature, the air we breathe, our fresh water and the very soil we stand on and take for granted. The precious stones, metals and minerals we use, our oil and our food, clothing and shelter are all directly or indirectly basic products of nature. An invaluable and almost irreplaceable inheritance we have been fortunate to receive. As mankind progresses, we make ceaseless demands to the point where natural replenishment is not possible. We are polluting our air, our water including our oceans, destroying our forests and degrading our soil which will make our very survival that much more difficult. One of the most serious assaults on our soil, water and air is being carried out by that most basic activity of human civilization, our agriculture. The very land we love so much and fight over is losing its ability to grow food to meet the needs of an ever growing population. The very strategy we used in the first place to bring about the Green Revolution has reached its limits, exposing its undesirable consequences. Stagnating production from ever shrinking land holdings and spiralling input costs are threatening the livelihoods of countless small farmers in Asia, Africa and South America. If the demon of world poverty is to be exorcised, an alternate, evolving a more cost effective and eco friendly path for world agriculture becomes imperative. It is this alternative path that we have set out to define by evolving a robust technology that gives back to Mother Nature instead of taking away. A path that promises sustainable farming practices that will enhance productivity and rural prosperity. A path that is in step with Mother Nature. A path we call the STEP System or Sustained Treatment for Enhanced Productivity. More and more Indian farmers are joining up, heralding a quiet revolution that is making a world of a difference to the lives of thousands. Come join us to walk this path together.
To touch the lives of millions of farmers by helping them improve their farm gate profits, by increasing yields and cutting down costs of production by providing cutting edge cost effective solutions and in so doing, come to be regarded as one of the most innovative and customer friendly companies in the world which truly cares for the environment.
To consistently introduce innovative, eco friendly technologies and products which can outperform conventional chemicals and also help optimise their use so as to raise yields and reduce costs. Our systems and methods will be geared to address the uncertainties to agriculture productivity caused by climate change and its impact on beneficial soil micro flora and fauna as well as beneficial insects. To reverse the deleterious effects of chemical intensive agriculture such as alkalinity and salinity as well as soil texture on soil productivity