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ASL develops first of its kind bio-stimulants to raise agri output in India

Dilip Kumar Jha/Mumbai 13 May 18 | 01:44 PM

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Canadian company Acadian Seaplants Ltd (ASL) has developed first of its kind seaweed-based biostimulants to help farmers raise their agricultural output in India.

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Powered by Acadian BioSwitch™ technology, the stimulants help reduce the development of weeds in the field which helps multiply germination of plants and thereby yielding higher produce.

ASL is the global leader in the processing and manufacturing of seaweed-based agricultural products, animal feed supplements, as well as food and speciality ingredients for cosmetics and health care. With this wide range of products, ASL continues its expansion into the Indian market. Moreover, the company has established its own subsidiary company, a new facility for processing its proven biostimulants and its own distribution network. ASL products are exported to over 80 countries across the globe.

The Indian subsidiary of the company is set to help farmers meet growing demand for quality, natural biostimulants and bio-nutritional products that increase crop yield, quality and farmers’ return on investment in a sustainable way. The company, however, didn't divulge its investment plan for India but added that India is an important market for us. Hence, investment will not be an issue,  said Jean-Paul Deveau, President & CEO, ASL.

The biostimulant and bio-nutritional products are available to the farmers across the country through company's own exclusive provincial distribution network. The establishment of the Indian subsidiary company, processing facility and distribution network, lays the foundation for ASL’s long-term strategy and reflect its commitment to developing pure, natural biostimulants for the Indian market and forming strong, lasting relationships with growers, distribution partners and key partners in India.

Deveau said, “Rapid economic growth and increasing population is demanding more from the farms than ever before in terms of quantity, quality, safety, health and nutrition. This has resulted in intensive agricultural practices. There are an ever-pressing need and demand for agricultural products that are safe for the environment. On the other hand, we are facing depleted soil conditions and the adverse impact of climate change, which are multiplying the challenges in agriculture. It has become imperative to grow more food while using environmentally sustainable technologies. There is no other choice."

Ken MacDonald, Vice President of Global Sales of Acadian Plant Health™, said, “Acadian products are a big boon for Indian agricultural community and support the Indian government’s initiatives of doubling farmers’ income by 2022 and improving soil health sustainably."

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