The technologies are expected to raise crop yields and minimise production costs.
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Don Agro International Limited, an agricultural crops cultivator and raw milk producer in Russia in partnership with Smart Polymorph Technologies, which specialises in developing new patentable forms of pharmaceutical substances have introduced the latest pharmaceutical innovations to optimise crop production for the agricultural sector.
The partnership launched a joint pilot project which formulates technologies using Smart Polymorph's proprietary polymorphic modification technology and new plant growth bio-stimulators which are expected to raise crop yields and minimise production costs. According to Don Agro, 50 ha of arable land have been earmarked as a testbed for the application of the growth bio stimulators.
According to Smart Polymorph, pharmaceutical drugs that they had developed prior to the latest venture displayed higher therapeutic effects as compared to existing market alternatives, even as the number of active substances used was reduced by three to five times. The company says that this is due to the technology's ability to modify the morphology and crystalline form of the respective substances, and manage the control of particle sizes and amount of impurities, thereby ensuring that the end product achieves the highest quality standards.
Yakovlev Ruslan, director of science at Smart Polymorph said, "Smart Polymorph harnesses a unique technology in polymorphic modification of organic substances that is suitable and can be applied to a wide variety of medicines and bioactive substances used in the agroindustrial complex. Leveraging on our proprietary technology, we have been able to modify substances that have proved to be more superior and efficient than other alternatives currently existing in the market. Backed by our successful track record to date, we are confident that the same technology can be applied to the agricultural sector to enhance the effectiveness of plant growth stimulants, pesticides and other related substances."
Marat Devlet-Kildeyev, CEO, Don Agro commented, "Over the years, we have continued to introduce modern farming techniques, adopt new technologies and implement industry best practices to set ourselves apart from our industry peers. This has included entering the market for organic wheat as well as adopting AI-powered autonomous driving technology to enhance our crop harvesting capabilities. Our latest joint pilot program is a step in the same direction as we apply new and innovative pharmaceutical technologies to our crop fields to achieve maximum crop yields at the lowest cost. Supported by our renowned partner in Smart Polymorph Technologies, we are confident that this initiative will reinforce our position as one of the leading innovators in the agricultural sector."
According to Don Agro, since April 2021, the group has begun cultivating winter wheat using bio-stimulants supplied by Smart Polymorph, with experimental efforts for corn and sunflower crops next in the pipeline. The company plans to carry out an analysis of yields and quality of the final product will be carried out by the group once the respective crops have been harvested, to determine the growth bio-stimulant’s effectiveness. The introduction of bio-stimulants does not incur additional costs to the group as the processes and technology required for sowing seeds and growing crops remain unchanged.