Spain: Project for the development of a new natural biopesticide
SEIPASA, a Spanish company specializing in the treatment of natural solutions for agriculture, is working on the development of a new biopesticide of natural origin for the protection of crops against pests. The aim is to advance in an effective and safe alternative to synthetic chemical insecticides and, at the same time, be respectful with the environment, human health and auxiliary fauna.
The development of this new natural biopesticide will allow the market to offer a high quality solution with the capacity to replace those products with a negative impact on the environment. The objectives of the project respond to the growing needs defined by the market, increasingly demanding both in regulatory matters and in the promotion of waste-free solutions and capable of strengthening the development of sustainable agriculture.
The project is part of the Innoglobal program of the Center for Industrial Technological Development (CDTI), which reports to the Ministry of Economy, Industry and Competitiveness. SEIPASA is one of the 50 Spanish companies subsidized within the framework of this program. The objective of the initiative is to promote international cooperation in research and development through the execution of projects with companies or entities from other countries.
International collaboration with IARI
SEIPASA has established an international collaboration agreement with the Indian Institute of Agricultural Research (IARI), the most important entity in the country for agricultural research and education. IARI is the flagship of the Indian Council of Agricultural Research (ICAR) of the Ministry of Agriculture of the Government of India.
Under this collaboration agreement, SEIPASA will assume the planning and integral coordination of the project. The Spanish firm will also be in charge of the development of the formulated product and the efficacy tests of the product. For its part, IARI will provide knowledge of the different raw material sources, as well as the development of adequate analytical methodologies for each of the extracts.
The Innoglobal program has a budget of 10 million euros in grants. It is co-financed with Structural Funds of the European Union. The projects to be supported must be international R & D initiatives and must have a minimum budget of 175.000 euros. The duration must be between the 12 and the 36 months.
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