BASF opens new agricultural research development centre in India

BASF opens new agricultural research and development centre in India

8:02 AM, 30th May 2015
BASF opens new agricultural research and development centre in India
The new agricultural research station in Pune, India, will focus on global agricultural research on herbicides, fungicides, and insecticides, as well as on solutions that go beyond classical crop protection.

PUNE, INDIA: BASF SE said it opened a new agricultural research and development (R&D) centre in Loni Kand, Pune, India, with a focus to research herbicides, fungicides, and insecticides, as well as on solutions that go beyond classical crop protection.

Along with employing new experts - biologists, farm managers and workers, the R&D centre will investigate scenarios that are unique to India, it said.

“Raising agriculture productivity to meet the increasing demand for quality and quantity of food, is one of the most important challenges facing our country. By setting up a new R&D centre in India, BASF aims to actively look into both local and global topics and develop sustainable solutions to help farmers to solve their challenges and improve food output to feed the growing population in India,” said Raman Ramachandran, chairman and managing director, BASF India Ltd and head of BASF South Asia.

“Our role is to partner with farmers and to work with them to protect their land. The team in India will contribute to these goals by driving the development of new active ingredients, new formulations, and technologies,” said Markus Heldt, president, crop protection division, BASF.

Pune will become BASF’s fifth agricultural research centre, in addition to those already in Brazil, Spain, Germany, and the Philippines, it said.

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