More than 200 professionals from various agricultural segments attended the launch of the first national inoculant for phosphorus solubilization, BiomaPhos, the result of a partnership between the Brazilian Agricultural Research Corporation (Embrapa) and Bioma. The event, held on the evening of August 20 in Cascavel - PR, brought together representatives from the research and industrial development of the product, as well as the market, to enable the inoculant to reach distributors until the next crop season.
“When we talk about Embrapa, you immediately think of the security the company represents. I associate the Embrapa brand with the credibility that firefighters have in the country, since the security it brings is enormous. Therefore, it is undisputed that the product will bring benefits to producers in the coming season,” said Reginaldo Américo Santin, head of the inputs department of I.Riedi, one of the companies responsible for marketing BiomaPhos.
Marcelo de Godoy Oliveira, CEO of the Simbiose Agro economic group, to which Bioma belongs, believes that the product is one of the most important technologies launched in recent years for Brazilian agriculture. “Producers will be able to redeem a phosphorus saving that is inert in the soil and deliver it to the plants,” he said. Studies conducted by Embrapa show that there is a billion dollar stock of phosphorus in the soil, which is inert and cannot be harnessed by plants. The phosphate solubilizing bacteria that make up the inoculant can make this element available to the plant.
Artur Soares, Simbiose's Research and Development manager, believes that the product inaugurates a new milestone in Brazilian agriculture and he expects farmers throughout the country to adopt the technology, which has been developed following years of research and experiments conducted in several Brazilian regions. “Phosphorus is a limiting element for higher productivity in Brazilian agriculture. It is an opportunity that the producer has to reverse this picture. BiomaPhos delivers productivity increases and that's what the producer expects,” said Ivan Carlos Zorzzi from the company's Research and Development department.
Embrapa Corn and Sorghum Chief Executive, Antonio Álvaro Corsetti Purcino, reinforced the potential for expansion of biological products in Brazilian agriculture, such as viruses and natural pest enemies, which are part of the company's portfolio. “BiomaPhos has the advantage of promoting the growth of both the aerial part and the roots of the plants, allowing greater production and higher productivity. The product will contribute to greater sustainability in the Brazilian agribusiness,” he said.
Responsible for the research that culminated with the launch of the commercial product, researcher from Embrapa Corn and Sorghum, Christiane Abreu de Oliveira Paiva, reinforced the novelty of the inoculant in the Brazilian market. Thrilled, she narrated the stages of product development, the difficulties and its life trajectory. “I love research, I love Embrapa. My parents are farmers and I always breathed agriculture. I always wanted the producer to have access to Embrapa's technologies and, through this partnership with Bioma, which believed in our work, I am very pleased to announce the launch of BiomaPhos,” she said.