Dr Narahari Pullaiah is the Director of Strategy & Portfolio at Adama India. A trained agronomist, he has more than 20 years of experience supporting farmers and developing crop protection solutions across India.
"Adama identified India as a market that could benefit from its products and expertise and since it entered the market seven years ago, has risen to be the third largest agrochemical company in the country, employing up to 2,000 people. Adama’s fungicides, such as Custodia, are proving particularly popular as the demand to control disease increases. By focusing on retailing directly to farmers rather than through wholesalers and by employing in-field agronomists we are able to understand the needs of the farmers and deliver the products to meet those needs.
Developing the next generation of crop protection products for the
Indian population is vital and the reason we established one of
Adama’s largest research and development centres in the country. We
now hold one of the broadest portfolios in the industry, offering a
wide variety of unique solutions to the Indian farmers. We will see
an increase in the development of herbicides and fungicides over the
next few years. There is also potential in the non- crop sector. In
addition to developing new products, Adama also recognises the
importance of educating farmers in improving crop production.
The key challenge of feeding a fast-growing, urbanising and changing population remains, but alongside that there are three other major challenges – the availability of farm labour, volatile commodity prices and unpredictable monsoons that can leave regions very dry.
Inevitably these challenges mean that farms are getting bigger and farmers are using more sophisticated growing techniques.
However, there is still a long way to go as only around 30% of farmers use modern agricultural technologies. I’m confident that India’s farmers will continue to increase output, but they need the support of the latest agricultural technology if they are to do it.”