BASF opened an Agricultural Research Station in Loni Kand, Pune, India. It will focus on global agricultural research on herbicides, fungicides, and insecticides, as well as on solutions that go beyond classical crop protection. The R&D center will also investigate scenarios that are unique to India, such as India’s specific weeds and pests, as well as climate stresses, like drought, flood cycles, and heat stress.
Pune has been chosen because of its ideal location in the southern Indian climate zone. The close proximity to local universities and research institutions makes it possible to generate synergies and promote collaboration.
With agricultural research stations in different parts of the world, BASF can conduct trials all year around, under different climate and agricultural conditions in order to get a better understanding of how its products perform in the field. Pune will become BASF’s fifth Agricultural Research Station, in addition to those already in Brazil, Spain, Germany, and the Philippines. In total, BASF spends more than €500 million ($546 million) annually on global agricultural R&D showing its commitment to bring sustainable solutions to the agricultural market.
- BASF SE, Ludwigshafen, Germany