Wednesday, August 23, 2017
Miklens Bio Sets Up India’s First Agri Microbial Tech Plant in Bengaluru
Miklens Bio Pvt. Ltd, a Research and Development driven Agri Microbial Technology (AMT) product start-up headquartered in Mumbai has announced the inauguration of its first manufacturing facility in Bengaluru. The plant was inaugurated by Dr. Stephen Devanesan, Former Dean, Faculty of Agriculture, Professor, Principal Scientist & Associate Director of Research, Kerala Agricultural University, in the presence of Miklens Bio management team, scientists and organic farming activists.
Miklens Bio manufacturing facility & R & D laboratory is spread over 10,000 sq. ft. and has an installed capacity to manufacture 10 lakh litres annually. The in-house developed research-based agri inputs to be manufactured will include Plant Growth Enhancers, Plant Protection, Bio-Fertilizers and Bio-Pesticides. Importantly these products are pest & pathogen specific and not crop specific, thus offering farmers the choice to use only those inputs which meet their specific requirement.
With the plant starting commercial production, Miklens Bio will have the necessary edge to scale up their production to meet the demand of our farmer brethren. These products have undergone extensive trials under lab and open field conditions. Miklens Bio has been certified as “Approved Input for Organic Agriculture” by Control Union a reputed certifying agency worldwide. In addition to this, the products have been tested in Canada for their efficacy.
Inaugurating the facility, Dr. Stephen Devanesan, said, “It is heartening to note that start-ups like Miklens Bio through their research are developing and manufacturing products that have profound impact on our eco-system and paving way for sustainable growth. Miklens Bio agri inputs, I am sure would go a long way in helping our farmers increase yields, improve crop quality, ensure residue free cultivation and in the process not only improve their income but also help reduce health hazards of consumers. I am told that the products are derived from nature and thus they are not only good for the soil but also monetarily viable for the farmers in comparison with the synthetic counterparts.”
According to Santosh Nair, Founder & Managing Director, Miklens Bio Pvt. Ltd., “We believe in sustainable & responsible agricultural practices and as a natural corollary our bio products promote the idea of ‘Farming with naturally driven microbes’ with a goal to reduce the dependence on toxic chemical based inputs. Our effort is to bring to the market agricultural inputs that are globally accepted because of the positive impact they have on farming communities, and on the society.”
Further, he said, we aim to become a preferred supplier in the “Pure Bio” segment. Our research focus is to develop & manufacture various biotechnology-based agricultural inputs to cater to the need of farming community by promoting the effective advantage of bio-based agri inputs. Also, our research initiatives will focus on developing innovative products that are not only eco-friendly but safe and help in increasing the yields across crops, he added.
Our bio start-up has an ambitious goal to promote sustainable edge to the society and environment, pointed out Dr. Nisha M M, Director - Research, Miklens Bio Pvt. Ltd. Following this mission, we are building mastery in developing bio products that help in Residue Free Cultivation. This advocate’s use of products derived from microbial sources. Besides being perfect natural replacements for chemical pesticides, these products are cost-effective as well and assimilate into the ecosystem without leaving any toxic residue. Unlike broad-spectrum synthetic chemicals, these products work specifically against certain target organisms without harming beneficial organisms, she added.