Cyanobacterial biofertilizer’s successful journey from rural technology to commercial enterprise: an Indian perspective uri icon

abstract

  • This paper discusses the outcome of a study on the transition of cyanobacterial biofertilizer technology from laboratory to small-scale production to large-scale commercial use. The nitrogen-fixing ability of cyanobacteria helps to reduce the dose of chemical nitrogen fertilizer (urea) needed, so they are immensely important for paddy crops, especially in Southeast Asian nations, where soil quality is deteriorating and where large groups of farmers cannot afford the use of more costly chemical fertilizers. Inundated water is required for this technology to be effective in paddy crops and is also imperative for good paddy crop; fortunately, this is exactly how paddy is grown on the Indian subcontinent. This study elaborates the whole cyanobacterial biofertilizer technology chain and its development process, the triggering role played by industry partners, and industry's dissemination of the technology to farmers' doorsteps.

publication date

  • 2020
  • 2020