Seeds are the most important part of a cultivation cycle. As farmers realize the value of seeds that give higher yield, this market is growing at the rate of 12-13% annually. Hi-tech research and development has therefore taken centre-stage in the seed industry. Sensing this growing demand for premium agricultural inputs, we set up Kirtiman Agro Genetics Limited (KAGL) in 2008. The core activities of this arm include seed and crop nutrition production and development.
The subsidiary’s dedicated research centre develops and tests the gene pool (germplasm) of the seeds of various crops and vegetables. While our three research centers at Aurangabad in Maharashtra are dedicated to the development of various seed varieties, our state-of-the-art centre at Medchal in Andhra Pradesh is exclusively dedicated to research on the paddy crop.
Our research activities are primarily focused on developing better varieties of cotton, paddy, maize and bajra seeds with a focus towards developing high-yielding hybrids for the summer season. During the past year, our team of highly-qualified and eminent scientists developed a research variety of paddy seed that was launched this year.
We established a strong network across 10 major Indian states for hybrid seeds in the first year of acquiring the company. After gauging the positive response to this product in particular and our overall seed division in general, we expect the demand for our products to swell in the near future.