The world today is facing severe and systemic issues with food shortage as a result of a growing population and limited land use for agriculture. This impact is magnified by decades of over relying on chemical fertilizers, resulting in significant land degradation and pollution. Escalating fuel costs, costs of fertilizers and transportation costs in the distribution of crops and produce have also made margins in farming thinner than ever. These concerns are addressed through the “clean and green” technology innovation that is friendlier to the environment, ensures a sustainable soil ecosystem and promotes competitive crop yields.
This innovation is a breakthrough plant nutrient technology process that delivers water-insoluble but highly bio-available minerals to plants. It optimizes absorption of nutrients by plants, and hence maximizes benefits to plants. It uses abundant, renewable, nutrient-rich resources as its starting material to produce novel, new generation liquid fertilizers. Benefits such as increased crop yield and quality, increased starch and sugar content and improved root and shoot growth on rice, industrial crops (e.g. oil palm, sugarcane, corn), tuber crops (e.g. potato, sweet potato, cassava) and top fruits (e.g. apple, citrus, banana) have been consistently demonstrated in fields and plantations.
The need to boost agricultural production worldwide is stimulating global fertilizer production and consumption. This is also fuelled by strong, sustained demand from bioenergy crops. The technology produces liquid fertilizers that are friendly to the environment, nurtures the land (soil) and ensures consistent and competitive crop yields and productivity.
The fertilizers can be applied on:
Globally, there is a growing industry trend to reduce chemical inputs in agriculture by introducing product innovations that are friendlier to the environment and maintain the long-term ecological balance of the soil ecosystem. Overuse of chemicals damages land and depletes soil fertility, causing crop yields to decline through time.
There are numerous IP opportunities to extend the technology. The IP started as a plant nutrient delivery innovation and can be extended through co-formulations with plant protection ingredients, enhancing its profile as a nutri-pharma solution. Nutri-pharma refers to dual functions that not only help plant growth and nutrition but also protect against disease or insect pests. This will add value and capture new markets by expanding the technology from crop production to include crop protection. Another potential IP extension is in seed treatment with a crop protection function targeting global large scale, mono-cropping plantations.
The product innovation offers a cheaper, safer, better and sustainable solution to the plant industry for use in agriculture, landscape and turf.