Biotech company Camson Bio Technologies has signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with Kochi-based Vazhakkulam Pineapple Growers and Processors Pvt Ltd (popularly known as Agro Park) for "zero residue" pineapple cultivation in the state.
With this, Agro Park, an association of over 500 large pineapple growers that accumulatively own over 13,000 ha of land, will now be cultivating pineapple using "bio fertilizer or natural fertiliser" developed by Camson to produce organic pineapple for better realisation. This will help every farmer associated with the organisation to go organic, eco-friendly, improve land conditions, boost yields and reduce the cost of cultivation.
After spending years of rigorous research, Camson has pioneered and introduced a unique microbial "secondary metabolites" based solutions which are 100% organic in nature. Secondary metabolites are organic compounds produced by microbes as a response mechanism under stress. Combinations of these secondary metabolites are used to develop bio-pesticides, bio-insecticide and bio-fungicide. Producing organic pineapple with "zero residue" technology is set to fetch at least 50% premium compared to normal variants of fruits available in the market and therefore, assumes significance.
"This revolutionary fertiliser will be extremely helpful to the agri-input industry which is overly dependent on imported synthetic water soluble fertiliser (NPK). We have the capacity to make any combination of NPK depending upon soil type. This is also very cost competitive in the market and hence, would have potential to get rapid farmers' acceptance," said Santosh Nair, Chief Executive Officer of Camson.
Following the MoU, the Agro Park advised all its members to shift towards using secondary metabolites based input to balance the ecosystem and avoid any kind of comprises, considering the health of every farmer.
"Besides balancing the ecosystem and taking care of farmers' health, the zero residue produce will also help earn a premium. The demand for organic produce is growing and the market is paying a premium for residue free products," said Joy Mathew, managing director, Agro Park.
Discovered in all variants i.e. nitrogen, phosphorus and potassium or NPK, the natural fertiliser is derived from microbial extracts through complete organic means. Thus, natural fertiliser would resolve the problem of fertiliser residues in foodgrains, fruits and vegetables which India often face for exports to the Middle East, European and American markets.
Being 100% natural, the fertiliser is cheaper than chemical fertiliser and offer array of applications across all commodities. Using this fertiliser, therefore, not only the cost of production of various agricultural products will come down but also, will have high potential for their market as organic products, which fetches higher realization than normal agri products.
"The unique method to produce NPK through the microbial route is a yet another testimony to Camson's R&D prowess. The government of India's continuous support for the 'Make in India' campaign will provide the necessary fillip to the growth of these revolutionary Natural fertilisers," said Dhirendra Kumar, Managing Director and Chief Scientific Officer, Camson.
The company has filed for the patents for its discovery of natural fertilizer, a product which is derived from microbial extracts. This is a breakthrough step wherein natural fertilizer has the capacity to replace the synthetic fertilizers throughout the world. This is all set to redefine growing practices in the pineapple industry.
Camson has tied up with Coconut Development Board (CDB) for developing non-chemical, zero-residue, secondary metabolite based biocides to control red palm weevil (ryhnchophorus ferrugineus) infesting coconut plantations. It has partnered under the board's scheme "Technology Mission of Coconut" to conduct research over a period spanning two years. CDB has agreed to pay Camson Rs 0.25 crore as its contribution towards the research.
Also, Camson has tied up with Kerala Cardamom Processing and Marketing Company Limited (KCPMC) for helping farmers to go organic and have better yields.