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Reliance IARI in pact to commercialise technology in water use for farming

Last modified January 16, 2015 14:30

Business Line. New Delhi, 15 January 2015

To enhance soil health and efficiency in water use in agriculture, Reliance Industries Limited (RIL) and National Research Development Corporation (NRDC) have joined hands for commercialisation of superabsorbent hydrogels technology. According to an agreement signed between RIL and NRDC, an enterprise under the Ministry of Science & Technology, the ‘Novel Superabsorbent Hydrogels’ technology involves a hydrophilic superabsorbent polymer indigenously developed by the Indian Agricultural Research Institute (IARI) to meet the requirements of water productivity in agriculture, a Ministry statement said. Apart from solving the problem of poor water use in agricultural crops, the technology claims to improve nutrient use efficiency, seed germination, among other benefits. “Hydrogel exhibits absorbency at high temperatures suitable for semi-arid and arid regions. Besides low rate of application, it also improves physical properties of soil such as porosity, aggregate stability and hydraulic conductivity,” the statement added. NRDC said it was also in the process of signing another agreement with a Chennai-based company for transfer of similar technology.

Source: Agriculture Today, Agri News Services, sanjay.km15@gmail.com

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