Corteva to Launch Cutting-Edge Technology in Seed Treatment: Dr. Prasanta Patra

Dr PK Pants with Team Corteva

With the growing demand for high-quality seeds and growing awareness of crop protection and digital solutions, Corteva Agriscience, a global agriculture company, is helping farmers around the world with a cutting-edge, technology-driven agricultural product portfolio.

From diseases, insects/pests to unpredictable environment and climate change scenario, farmers face many challenges to produce healthy crops. To address these challenges, Corteva offers the highest quality seed treatments with a combination of newly invented molecules with significant results in the field to reduce pest and disease incidents and the application of pesticides and fungicides.

Although seed treatment technologies provide effective seed protection to help them get off to a good start, it should be noted that different seed treatment technologies are available, but the technology, Seed Applied Technology (SAT) introduced by Corteva could be a game changer.

For example, a number of insects pose a threat to rice cultivation. Infestations of brown leafhoppers, yellow stem borers and leaf folders are widespread in rice cultivation. Corteva’s seed treatment could be a foolproof protection against yellow stem borer, leaf folder and brown leafhoppers and showed excellent performance. This can increase production potential and provide the seed with full protection during its most sensitive period.

Paddy leaf folder
Paddy leaf folder

To protect seeds and seedlings against pests, fungi and soil pathogens, seeds are treated by directly applying chemical or biological treatments, such as fungicides or insecticides, to the surface of the seeds, which does not only increases the cost of production but also increases the power of men and human intervention. Seed treatment technology invented by Corteva can increase the possibility of high-quality, improved harvests by improving seed and plant health, germination rates, and protecting plants from the start when they are most vulnerable to pests. pests and diseases. Farmers may find that after the plant emerges, they do not need to apply as many crop protection products because the seeds are already protected against a variety of hazards. It’s also good for the farmer’s bottom line, as it requires fewer resources and less labor.

On Tuesday, Corteva scientists told a Toopran Research Center (TRC) media tour in Medak region that the treated seeds will protect paddy crops from insect attack for 60 to 70 days after being planted. sown. The seeds would provide at least five additional bags of produce in addition to reducing the cultivation time by five to ten days and protecting them from pests.

Dr. PK Pant, COO of Krishi Jagran and new CEO of AJAI, interacted with Dr. Prasanta Patra, Regional Marketing and Business Manager, APAC Seed Applied Technology Portfolio. Dr Patra said, “Seed Applied Technology (SAT) is at a nascent stage in India, especially for rice. Corteva’s seed-applied solutions will help provide farmers with the tools they need for more sustainable food production. Because seed-applied technology involves treating seeds rather than applying crop protection solutions in the field, they can help reduce environmental exposure to chemicals in agriculture.

Rahoul Sawani, President - South Asia - Corteva Agriscience
Rahoul Sawani, President – South Asia – Corteva Agriscience

Commenting on its commitment to the Indian market and applied seed technology, Rahoul Sawani, President, South Asia, Corteva Agriscience, said: “Farmers are facing an increasing set of challenges at farm and field level and in recent years we have seen unpredictable weather conditions further affect farmers’ yield and profitability. Advances in seed treatment are a key tool to effectively address these challenges, helping farmers get their crops off to a good start and achieve a successful harvest. We are pleased to bring to market one of the most advanced seed treatment products Indian farmers can have at their disposal, as another step in our continued commitment to the Indian agricultural ecosystem. We continue to invest in launching new technologies to increase yields, improve livelihoods and ensure sustainable food security in the country.

First Published: September 28, 2022, 05:09 IST

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