Innovative Biotechnology for Sustainable Farming


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ABT Bioproducts, Pune, India.

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Innovative Biotechnology for Sustainable Farming

  1. 1. Innovative Biotechnology for Sustainable Farming Dr. Abhay Shendye ABT Bioproducts, Pune, India Potential solution to : Global warming, Food security, Nutrient contents of food. Nurturing biological fertility & productivity of soil.
  2. 2. Sustainable farming : The problem statement <ul><li>Industrial method of farming </li></ul><ul><li>Environment & Health </li></ul><ul><li>Micro-economics </li></ul><ul><li> (farmer) </li></ul><ul><li>Nutrients (consumer) </li></ul>ABT: Wholly approach for agriculture related issues.
  3. 3. <ul><li>Soil Organic Carbon: </li></ul><ul><li>Generate organic carbon IN SITU. </li></ul><ul><li>(Photosynthesis – Rhizodeposition balance) </li></ul><ul><li>Soil Fertility: </li></ul><ul><li>Generate weak organic IN SITU. </li></ul><ul><li>(Selected Rhizo-sphere Microbes) </li></ul>ABT’s technological solution for Sustainable farming Several folds cost effective method for farmers.
  4. 4. Triple baseline for agricultural Sustainability <ul><li>Sequestrate soil organic carbon. </li></ul><ul><li>Reduce use of chemical N. </li></ul><ul><li>Chemicals to biologicals. </li></ul><ul><li>All the criteria fulfilled by ABT Technology. </li></ul>The need for future growth in agriculture.
  5. 5. ABT Technology: (sugarcane] Advantages of farming technique of ABT. <ul><li>Managing Fertilizer Application </li></ul>Assured Yield Rise by 15 % 15% Additional production of sugarcane means release of 2 X irrigated land for other crops.
  6. 6. ABT : Improves ‘plant performance’ <ul><li>Increased nutrient uptake. </li></ul><ul><li>Better defense mechanism </li></ul><ul><li>Improved photosynthesis . </li></ul><ul><li>Reduction in flower/fruit drop. </li></ul><ul><li>Improved shelf life. </li></ul>The products tested successfully on various crops.
  7. 7. ABT Technology: Translated in to products Eco-friendly, sustainable technology [patents filed]. Protection of roots AgroGuard Root Protection of seed AgroGuard Seed Root development AgroHume Soil Fertility AgroFertiCare Fruit development & shelf life AgroBoost Photosynthesis, growth. AgroWonder
  8. 8. ABT Sustainable Technology: Current Status <ul><ul><li>New technology established </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Products developed. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Provisional patents filed. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Test marketing in India, Oman, UAE. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Looking for strategic partners & finance [1 st ]. </li></ul></ul>A technical research paper published in the 8th Joint convention of STAI, SISSTA, and DSTA
  9. 9. <ul><li>Average Indian farmer worth 200 USD per acre p.a. </li></ul><ul><li>Percent break up of revenue sharing: </li></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Customer price 100 </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Retailer 70 </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Distributor 60 </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Cost 22 </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Gross profit % for ABT: 60% </li></ul></ul></ul>Basic Revenue Sharing structure ABT means sustainability.
  10. 10. <ul><li>Provide Guidelines for precision farming : </li></ul><ul><li>Key beneficiary: Farmer </li></ul><ul><li>Through internet based data – solutions and field visits. </li></ul><ul><li>B. Support Growers of Non-Toxic Nutritious Crops [Technology & Forward linkages ]: </li></ul><ul><li>Key beneficiary: Consumer </li></ul><ul><li>Through producer – buyer forum. </li></ul>Proposed Revenue Models (1) ABT provides wholly solutions for farming needs.
  11. 11. <ul><li>C. Eco – Conservation: </li></ul><ul><li> Key beneficiary: Society </li></ul><ul><li> Large scale application: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>sustainable crops </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>reduced GHG emission </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>soil conservation. </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Large sectors such as sugarcane, tea, mulberry, maize (industry based plantation) etc. </li></ul>Proposed Revenue Models (2) Feasibility determined by UNEP approved professionals.
  12. 12. <ul><li>D. Support Certified Organic Farming: </li></ul><ul><li>Key beneficiary: Exporters of agri-produce </li></ul><ul><li>Promotion of the products amongst exporters and exports of ABT products. </li></ul><ul><li>E. Sell of product in India: </li></ul><ul><li>Distribution network </li></ul><ul><li>Institutional </li></ul><ul><li>Direct </li></ul>Proposed Revenue Models (3) The First ‘alphonso mango’ exporter used ABT products. [certified organic exports to EU]
  13. 13. Current Projects: <ul><li>Implementation </li></ul><ul><li>Infrastructure, Resources </li></ul><ul><li>Technology </li></ul><ul><li>Sourcing, Training, Adoption </li></ul><ul><li>Maintenance </li></ul><ul><li>Economics </li></ul><ul><li>Ecological Development </li></ul>
  14. 14. <ul><li>Project 1: </li></ul><ul><li>Associate: Mumbai based NGO Manas </li></ul><ul><li>Objective: Farmer’s income raise from Rs. 3000 p.m. to Rs. 10,000 p.m. per acre. </li></ul><ul><li>Approached World Bank [part funding]. </li></ul>
  15. 15. <ul><li>Project 2: </li></ul><ul><li>Eco-conservation program on sugarcane: </li></ul><ul><li>World Wildlife Fund program ‘Better initiatives for sugarcane’. </li></ul><ul><li>World Bank DM Project </li></ul><ul><li>End beneficiary farmers [NGO] </li></ul>
  16. 16. Funding Requirement: <ul><li>Prior Funding: 50,000 USD from promoters </li></ul><ul><li>Current round: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Pilot scale manufacturing set up 200,000 </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Patents 40,000 </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Marketing of the products in India 200,000 </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Marketing in Middle East 70,000 </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Exist Strategy: Public offering by 2012 </li></ul>
  17. 17. Financial Projections: 58% 60,00,000 50000 11-12 53% 18,00,000 15000 10-11 40% 600,000 5000 09-10 - 7 % 2,40,000 2000 08-09 Profit % Sales in USD Acres Year
  18. 18. Thank you. Reg. Office: 4, Rajashree CHS.; 138 A, Narayan Peth, Pune 411 030 Tel. No. +91-20-24454265 Admin. Office: C 201, Dream Classics, Gananjay Society, Kothrud,, Pune 411038 Tel. No. +91-20-25380459 Dr. Abhay Shendye ABT Bioproducts E mail: Factory: S No 54/4 Nhare, Tal. Haveli, District Pune. ABT means consistent results, enhanced produce & yield.