Bayer CropScience India on 3 October 2013 announced that it launched a new multi-crop breeding station in Chandippa, situated around 46 km from Hyderabad. The new breeding station will focus on the breeding and development of germplasm for high performing hybrids in rice, millet and cotton.
Stephan Gerlich, Country Group Head, Bayer in India explained that this was one of the most significant investments made by Bayer CropScience India over the last three years. Chandippa will serve as a strategic site for product development activities in India and Asia-Pacific markets.
Since 2010, Bayer CropScience India has invested around 100 crore Rupees in different projects. Some of these projects include capacity expansion at its existing Seed Processing plant in Toopran near Hyderabad and a new mustard breeding station in Palwal, Haryana.
Primary Highlights of the new multi-crop breeding station in Chandippa
• The new multi-crop breeding station in Chandippa is spread over 36 acres of land.
• The breeding station will have all the aspects of R&D infrastructure.
• The station will be equipped with screen houses, fully automated greenhouses, open fields for trials as well as various laboratories. All these facilities will be used for speeding up the breeding cycles.
• The labs of the station will support activities in resistance breeding, qualitative testing as well as tissue culture.
• The new facility will also have a cultivable area of 25 acres for field experimentation.
• The Chandippa breeding station will employ approximately 80 people.
• The main highlight of the station will be its rain water harvesting pond, which is the first of its kind facility in India. This rain water harvesting pond has been imported from the Netherlands. It is a fully automated system which will harvest the rain water, which in turn will be filtered and utilised for cooling in the greenhouses.