City-based firm wins award for plant vaccine technology
The products are being used for controlling bacterial blight and crop diseases caused by bacteria.
Pune: City-based company Swasti Agro & Bioproducts recently received Millennium Alliance 5 Globalisation award in New Delhi for introducing plant vaccine technology in two African countries i.e. Kenya and Rwanda.
Dr Abhay Shendye, Founder of Swasti Agro & Bioproducts, while speaking to media persons, said, “On a global scale, farmers lose up to 90 per cent crops because of the diseases. Hence, our company has researched and developed the core biotechnology. It is an innovation for the world and we call these products as ‘vaccines for plants’. The products are being used for controlling bacterial blight and crop diseases caused by bacteria, fungi, viruses, and nematode.”
The vaccines will be sent to farmers in Kenya and Rwanda. The Millennium Alliance (MA) programme was started in 2011 by Technology Development Board under Science & Technology Department of Government of India in association with United States Agency for International Development (USAID) and Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industries (FICCI). MA is a platform to identify, test and scale innovations which bring improvements at the Bottom of the Pyramid (BOP) level. The programme takes an innovation-driven and impact-focused approach to development. It responds to a wave of entrepreneurship which brings creative and innovative solutions to entrenched social problems.