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Aug. 9, 2013

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Aug. 9, 2013
IHARA signed a contract for Development and Innovation with IPT (Technological Research Institute) on July 25th, under the program of Embrapii (Brazilian Enterprise for Research and Industrial Innovation).

 From now on, IHARA becomes a business partner and receives resources from the program for the development of a new nanotechnological insecticide. This project will aim to reduce the dosage used in agriculture and also decrease the risk of environmental contamination caused by insecticide application in the field. The company will also make financial contributions and provide trained professionals and physical facilities in Sorocaba unit. The contract determines a two-year period for the execution of this project.

The event was attended by the technical director of IHARA, HélioTukamoto, and Manager Technology Division, Moacir de Mancilha. Besides IHARA, other Embrapii’s partner companies also signed the Development and Innovation Contractwith the IPT.

Authorities were also present, such as Sao Paulo State Governor, Geraldo Alckmin, Secretary of Development and Innovation from the Ministry of Science, Technology and Innovation, Álvaro Plata, Secretary of Economic Development, Science and Technology of Sao Paulo State, Rodrigo Garcia. And Representatives of the National Confederation of Industry and Financing of Innovative Projects attended the event.

The Embrapii is a Federal Government initiative, through the Ministry of Science, Technology and Innovation (MCTI) and Education (MEC), and the National Confederation of Industry (CNI). Its creation in 2011 is part of the Plano Inova Empresa measures. The program's mission is to foster the process of cooperation between companies and scientific and technology nonprofit institutions that are focused on research and development.

Today, IPT is one of three research centers qualified to receive funding through the program Embrapii and its performance has focused on investing in projects in the areas of biotechnology, nanotechnology, micro manufacturing and new materials. The total amount contracted in IPT exceeds R$ 21 million.

Source: AgroNews

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