Azotic Technologies’ natural nitrogen fixing technology is a disruptive innovation which has the proven potential to totally change agriculture. The technology, which is based on a food-grade bacterium derived from sugarcane, is environmentally friendly and applies to all major crops. It provides a cost benefit to the grower through reduced fertiliser costs and improved yields.
A product based on the N-Fix® technology has been developed for rice with an optimised dose, formulation and delivery process. Field validation of the formulation and delivery method that fits well with existing seed priming systems has demonstrated that N-Fix® has the ability to reduce nitrogen fertiliser application and farmers operating costs while also increasing crop yield.
A series of independent field trials on rice were carried out by accredited contract research organisations. Positive results were obtained from three trials in Vietnam in 2017 and two in Thailand and two in the Philippines during the 2017/18 dry season. In Vietnam, the overall response for N-Fix® was a mean average 19% yield increase across all the field trials. The overall results for Thailand and the Philippines showed that the N-Fix® treated plots yielded 17% more than the untreated. These results clearly demonstrate the potential of Azotic’s N-Fix® technology in improving attainable yield increases on rice whist reducing N fertiliser applications by up to 50%.
This technology provides a sustainable solution to fertiliser overuse and nitrogen pollution as well as improving plant efficiency and increasing yields. It will certainly benefit rice production in Asia as well as enhancing sustainability in agriculture.
Peter Blezard, Azotic’s CEO states, “Rice cultivation requires more efficient and sustainable farming practices in order to increase food supply and maintain biodiversity. This is a major development for rice growing in Asia. Azotic’s commercial policy is to deliver this technology to the rice market in Asia next year.”
Azotic Technologies will exhibit at TechInnovation 2018 in Singapore this September as this is an ideal platform for innovative technologies. Peter Blezard will give a presentation which will focus on “Natural Nitrogen for Sustainable Agriculture”.
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Azotic Technologies is the provider of a natural-nitrogen fixing technology for the sustainable increase of crop performance and the reduction of nitrogen-based fertiliser use. The technology aims to address the international market need for sustainable agricultural fertilisers and increased food supply. This sustainable nitrogen technology will benefit rice growers and also contribute to the health of the planet.
Azotic’s nitrogen fixing technology is the first and only intracellular technology that enables rice crops to naturally fix nitrogen directly from the air as opposed to being dependent on nitrogen based fertilisers.
Crops need nitrogen in order to grow, but currently it is only plants known as legumes that are able to fix their own nitrogen from the air. Other plants are dependent on nitrogen found in the soil, thus explaining the global dependence of farmers on environmentally damaging nitrogen-based fertilisers. The technology has a number of environmental, grower and consumer benefits: environmental benefits because the technology reduces the global population’s dependence on nitrogen-based fertilisers leading to a reduction in the amount of nitrogen leaching, eutrophication and water pollution; grower benefits because the technology will naturally boost agronomic benefit and increase yields; consumers will gain through better quality food.