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3rd IMMA National Crop Nutrition Summit - 2022

We are pleased to inform you that the 3rd IMMA National Crop Nutrition Summit was held in Delhi on 6th MAY 2022 . The theme of the Summit was – Fostering Policy Change for Innovative Fertilizer Solutions.

Around 50 stakeholders including government, industry bodies, agricultural input companies, farmers and dealers attended the Summit from across India.

Vice President Sameer Pathare welcomed the delegates & President Dr. Rahul Mirchandani presented the Summit theme. MC members Pradip Kothawade and R.K.Patwardhan moderated two sessions.

In the Summit it was discussed to build constructive dialogue along with the summit’s theme and document the industry and stakeholder views for presentation to the Government in the form of a Communique after extensive deliberations. The discussion was held on “Setting Quality Standards for Innovative, Label Claim Fertilizers”.

The stakeholders present at the summit tried to built a consensus on our inputs for the new Fertilizer Bill, Innovative Fertilizers and building a support system for Integrated Crop Nutrition as a national imperative.

1st International Buyer Seller Meet for Agro Inputs

IMMA and CII bring together 135 Companies for a first ever virtual International Buyer-Seller Meet – 10th February, 2022

The 135 Companies from 7 Countries explored B2B opportunities for enhancing regional trade and co-operation in the area of specialized agricultural inputs.

Confederation of Indian Industry (CII) in partnership with the Indian Micro-fertilizers Manufacturers Association (IMMA) organized the first edition of the INTERNATIONAL BUYER- SELLER MEET with almost 100 agricultural input companies expected to be in attendance from India, Sri Lanka, Nepal, Brunei, Mexico, United Kingdom and United Arab Emirates.

Companies who participated are from the fertilizers, specialty plant nutrients, micronutrients, organic fertilizers, bio-stimulants, agri-tech and precision agriculture sectors. The full day virtual B2B meet included country and sector specific plenaries and panel discussions, virtual stalls, private meeting rooms and open discussion tables where all attendees and companies could meet, interact, collaborate and explore domestic and international business opportunities.

The B2B meet was organized in collaboration with the Confederation of Indian Industry(CII) Food and Agriculture Centre of Excellence, Young Indians (Yi) and a network of overseas Industry Partners and Chambers.

The Indian Micro-Fertilizers Manufacturers Association (IMMA) was established in 1983 to represent the interests of the micronutrient manufacturers throughout the country. IMMA members have been working with the farming communities for almost 50 years and have played a vital role in making balanced plant nutrition a national imperative. IMMA has three major focus areas of work: Policy Advocacy with Government, Knowledge and Skills Training of staff and stakeholders across India, as well as developing unity and Fellowship amongst members.

“As part of the agenda, the attendees (over 135 organizations in the Agri Inputs sector) had set up virtual stalls & meeting tables for B2B meetings and explore business opportunities within India and target markets. In parallel, country specific plenaries for showcasing opportunities in the respective geographies were also organized”, said Dr. Rahul Mirchandani, President, IMMA; CMD, Aries Agro Ltd; Member, CII National Council on Agriculture.

The event had distinguished speakers from partner countries including, Mr. P. K. Swain, Additional Secretory, Ministry of Agriculture, Govt. of India, Mr.Rohit Vadhwana, First Secretary (Economic), High Commission of India, London, Mr. Varatharaja Kumaraguru, CEO / Country Manager, YBSL, Sri Lanka, Mr. Raunak Goyal, National Vice Chairman, Young Indians, India, Ms. Puan Hajah Siti Juhaidah Binti Haji Mohd Junaidi, Head Unit of International Affairs and Public Relation, Dept. of Agriculture and Agri Food, Ministry of Primary Resources, Brunei amongst many others.

Agri input Companies and institutions like Institute of Export and International Trade, Agvesta Ltd., Unipower (Pvt) Ltd., Agriworld (Pte) Ltd., Invest India, Aries Agro Ltd., Prabhat Fertilizers Pvt. Ltd., Jain Irrigation Systems Ltd., Drone Federation of India, Shriram Farm Solutions, Fleur Himalayan Ltd., Swaroop Agro Chemical Industries, Nanobiotechnology Centre, TERI, Bhagyanagar Laboratories, Commonwealth Alliance of Young Entrepreneurs, Asia and Kumaraguru Institute of Agriculture, also spoke at the country specific plenaries and opportunities about best agricultural practices to the audience.

“The event hopes to build a platform to build bridges for enhancing international trade in the specialized agri input area and also uniquely position India as a hub for supplies of these nutrition solutions to the world”, said Dr. Rahul Mirchandani.

 

2nd Training Workshops to Standardize Quality Control Methods for MMF (Bangalore)

IMMA organized the second in a series of training workshops to standardize quality control methods in the micronutrient industry on 22nd December, 2021 at GPS Institute of Agricultural Management, Bangalore. The first such workshop was organized in Mumbai on 20th September, 2019. 
  

To cover the entire membership area of IMMA, this time around the second  training workshop to standardize quality control methods in the micronutrient industry was held at one of the founder members of IMMA –  Karnataka Agrochemicals (Multilpex Group) at their  GPS Institute of Agricultural Management, Bangalore.

Multiplex Group hosted 11 chemists and quality control in-charges from 8 micronutrient manufacturing companies at its R&D and QC laboratory at the GPS Institute. in Bangalore. 

The focus of the workshop was to provide an overview of testing methods as per the fertilizer control order and best practices in analytical testing, beyond the legislated minima, using best-in-class analytical equipment. The participants were provided with day long access to analyze their own samples jointly with the GPS Institute  quality control team.

Seeing the chemists from across different companies collaborate and support each other in the process of learning during the packed day of learning was a pleasure to see. It truly showed the potential of the micronutrient industry coming together for a common purpose.

There was excellent participation and interaction amongst all the participants and they all felt that similar workshops will benefit other companies in the industry, if replicated across all the regions.

IMMA MC thanks Mr. Mahesh Shetty , IPP and the Multiplex  team for making this event a grand success through their expertise and guidance.

Expert Technical Session on BIOSTIMULANTS by IMMA

As part of yearly scheduled membership activities,  an Expert Technical Session on BIOSTIMULANTS was conducted in hybrid mode at GPS Institute of Agriculture Management, Bangalore on 22nd December, 2021. The session was well attended by about 75 participants. The facility was provided by the IMMA founder member Karnataka Agro Chemicals, Bangalore. 


Dr.P.C.Chakrabarthy, Member (Plant Sciences), Agricultural Scientists Recruitment Board, DARE, Ministry of Agriculture and Farmers Welfare, GOI was the guest speaker who made an in-depth presentation on BIOSTIMULANTS and answered all the questions raised by the participants. 


Many queries regarding recent Bio-stimulant Notification and its process of registration was  explained by Dr. O.C. Chakrabarty at length. He commented that the new law is in its nascent stage and will undergo many changes as per the requirement of Industry if proven scientifically. 


Dr. Chakrabarthy welcomed questions and suggestions regarding BIOSTIMULANTS and promised extended support to IMMA in furthering the same for the benefit of the farmers.

Visit to Ross Lifesciences Pvt Ltd, Pune

IMMA organized a study tour to Ross Lifesciences Pvt Ltd, a GLP, NABL accredited as well as CIB- RC (Faridabad) approved laboratory located in Pune on 14th September, 2021  

The visit was very useful for the members and their R & D / Laboratory teams to understand the current analysis methods using hi end and sophisticated equipment confirming to the GLP standards. 

GLP reports are recognized worldwide.  

The lab is engaged in various analysis such as Toxicology, Heavy metal analysis, MRL studies , metal analysis ( general chemistry ) as well as bio-efficacy trials.

IMMA is trying for the inclusion of single metallic chelates ( of EDTA ) other than Zn & Fe  in FCO 1985 with the help of  Ross laboratory by working on below proposals through them  –

  1. Chemical analysis of new chelates.
  2. Method of analysis for new chelates (for FCO inclusion)
  3. Bio efficacy trials on new Chelates for submission

Total 8 IMMA members and their team members (total 16)  participated in this study tour.  

37th Annual General Meeting Of Indian Manufacturers Association (IMMA)

The 37th annual general meeting of indian manufacturers association (imma) was conducted at hotel radisson marina, new delhi on 19th august 2021 in hybrid mode.

Training workshops to standardize quality control methods for MMF

Imma organised the first in a series of training workshops to standardize quality control methods in the micronutrient industry on 20th september, 2019

 

 

At the request of the membership of the indian micronutrient manufacturers association (imma), the first in a series of training workshops to standardize quality control methods in the micronutrient industry was held at one of the founder members of imma, aries agro limited, mumbai.

 

 

Aries agro limited hosted 12 chemists and quality control in-charges from 8 micronutrient manufacturing companies at its r&d and qc hub in mumbai.

 

 

The focus of the workshop was to provide an overview of testing methods as per the fertilizer control order and best practices in analytical testing, beyond the legislated minima, using best-in-class analytical equipment. The participants were provided with day long access to analyse their own samples jointly with the aries quality control team.

 

 

Seeing the chemists from across different companies collaborate and support each other in the process of learning during the packed day of learning was a pleasure to see. It truly showed the potential of the micronutrient industry coming together for a common purpose.

 

 

There was excellent participation and interaction amongst all the participants and they all felt that similar workshops will benefit other companies in the industry, if replicated across all the regions.

 

 

IMMA MC thanks Dr. Rahul Mirchandani and the Aries team for making this event a grand success through their expertise and guidance.

 

 

Best regards ,

 

Sameer pathare

Secretary, imma

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