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Nov. 17, 2017

12th International Crop Science Conference & Exhibition (ICSCE) held in Jaipur, India

The 12th International Crop Science Conference & Exhibition (ICSCE) organised by Pesticides Manufacturers & Formulators Association of India (PMFAI) took place in Jaipur from 9th November to 10th November, 2017. The event was inaugurated by Pradip Dave, President, PMFAI. ICSCE is the international platform for Pesticide companies to develop strategic and sourcing relationships with International pesticide companies and to learn the current trends in market of generic & off-patented pesticides. PMFAI organises ICSCE annually to improve the health of generic and off-patented pesticides industry and to bring the researchers in the field of agriculture, pesticide manufactures, agrochemical traders and allied industry under one roof. The event was focused to provide the opportunity for business expansion by way of joint ventures, bilateral trade, sub-contracting/ contract manufacturing & distribution and networking opportunities for the buyers and sellers to benefit mutually.

More than 550 registered delegates from industry participated in the event. Total number of visitors to the exhibition including registered delegates were 1100 persons from various countries including Australia, Bangladesh, Brazil, China, Egypt, Ethopia, Europe, France, Georgia, Germany, Hong Kong, India, Jordan, Kenya, Malawi, Malaysia, Morocco, Nigeria, Palestine, Paraguay, Singapore, South Africa, Sri Lanka, Sweden, Switzerland, Syrian Arab Republic, Turkey, Uganda, UK, Uruguay, USA and Venezuela.

The event was also hosted renowned pesticide scientists and industry experts. These experts gave presentations on various important topics. The importance of adjuvants in formulation manufacturing and the solutions offered by Croda was presented by Dr. Hrushikesh Mirgal, R&T Manager, Asia Pacific, Croda India. An overview of registration procedure in India was provided by Dr. Sandeep Panwar, CEO, Farinsys Agro.

Dr. Bob Fairclough, Kleffmann Group organised a workshop on current market situation & future prospects of global agrochemical market with special emphasis on India’s contribution in generic market and future opportunities for generics due to mergers & acquisition worldwide. Impact of M&A and new technology in South East Asian pesticide market was discussed by Vaishali Chopra, Analyst, Robo Bank.

Farming operations are very important to achieve optimum efficacy in field. Presentation on Spray Droplets Management was given by representative of Lamberti Spa highlighting various methods and Lamberti offerings by which pesticide manufacturers make their products more adaptable to the different methods of cultivations and climate preserving scale economy in production.

New approaches to agrochemical formulations and biopesticides are strong industry driver. Introduction of more environment friendly solvents and adoption of biopesticides are creating new challenges to pesticide manufacturers. Dr. Jim Bullock, iFormulate Ltd reviewed these aspects in his presentation. An account of various eco-friendly formulation solvents developed by Solvey Asia Pasific was also given by representative of Solvey.

The industry of spurious pesticides is growing at the annual rate of 20% and now constitutes approximately 30% of total Crop Protection Market. This increase at alarming rate of this spurious business is affecting the health of Indian farming communities. C. S. Jeena from ASPA highlighted the ways by which Indian pesticide industry can tackle this counterfeit menace to protect the farmers and country.

The Workshops organised during the event on both the days of the event has helped participants gaining knowledge on Global Agrochemicals market and New Developments in Agrochemical Formulations.


Digital solutions are gaining popularity in Indian agriculture thanks to the Digital India initiative, Govt. of India launched by Hon’ble Prime Minister Narendra Modi on July 1, 2015. To promote the safe use of pesticides through digital literacy, PMFAI also launched “Pesticide Spraying Trainer”-a android based mobile app in association with FARINSYS AGRO during inauguration of the ICSCE event. This app helps Indian farming communities to learn safe and judicious use of pesticides by following good spraying practices. “Pesticide Spraying Trainer” also have a quick reference guide on antidotes.

PMFAI is also introducing Global Awards in 10 key categories for Agrochemicals from 2018 onwards details of which will be released very soon.
Source: PMFAI

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