HINDUSTAN INSECTICIDES LTD LLIN TO OVERCOME MOSQUITO MENACE
S.P. Mohanty, Chairman and Managing Director, Hindustan Insecticides Ltd.
Mosquitoes are synonymous with malaria in India and especially rural populace bear the burn. Mosquitoes pose the greatest threat to public health. How do we deal with this huge public health menace is a major challenge . State run Hindustan Insecticides Ltd (HIL), the only producer of DDT in the country has found an innovative solution to this health hazard and very soon it will not only replace DDT with a safer and effective new molecule but also launch an innovative product Long Lasting Insecticide Net (LLIN) to overcome the mosquito menace.
HIL, under the Ministry of Chemicals & Fertilizers, was
incorporated in March, 1954 with the objective of supplying DDT for National Malaria Eradication Programme launched by the Government of India. With international pressure mounting on removal of DDT, which contributes nearly 25 percent to the company’s revenues under its Public Health business vertical, HIL has pulled up its socks to innovate and come out with new solutions and products to strengthen the financial health of the company and protect people to prosper. Over the years the company diversified into several segments such as Insecticides, Pesticides, Herbicides under Agrochemicals vertical and other business verticals include Fertilizers, Seeds, Micronutrients and Bio-pesticides. From the previous year’s Rs 382 crore turnover, the company aims at Rs 500 crore turnover in 2017-18.
Alternative to DDT
HIL has widened its product profile of technical products from 5 to 15 as on date. The company is on the verge of developing a safe and cost effective alternative to DDT. It would be major breakthrough for the replacement of DDT. By April, 2018 HIL would come out with a new, safe and internationally patented molecule which can be used safely in the country. The new molecule is being developed by the Institute of Chemical Technology, Mumbai and tests are under process. HIL has made available Rs 1.2 crore for the project to the Institute which is developing a bio-degradable alternative to DDT. This new molecule would be used as an indoor residual spray. This chemical would control vector borne diseases like Malaria and Kala-azar.
Long Lasting Insecticide Net ( LLIN)
HIL is also at the advanced stage of development of technology for insecticidal treated nets- Long Lasting Insecticide Net- which is currently being promoted by WHO as alternate vector control tool and widely used in African countries. It will be launched under the company’s Public Health segment. The Net project is being funded by United Nations Industrial Development Organization and HIL gets the grant through Ministry of Environment. So far it has received Rs 35 crore. HIL expects huge demand from rural and inaccessible areas in the county. The estimated cost of this innovative product is Rs 240 per Net. Initial domestic demand has been estimated at 60 million. With focus on rural India, the government may come forward to announce a subsidy on this innovative product which would save the most vulnerable section of society from mosquitoes menace.
Forays into Fertiliser sector
Very recently in 2015, HIL diversified into Fertiliser sector to complete the crop cycle. HIL has already entered into Seed segment. HIL has entered into the fertiliser business by signing an agreement with fellow public sector undertakings like National Fertilisers Ltd (NFL) and Rashtriya Chemicals and Fertilisers Ltd (RCF) and is aiming at 150 crore from `
By April, 2018 HIL would come out with a new, safe and internationally patented molecule which can be used safely in the country. The new molecule is being developed by the Institute of Chemical Technology, Mumbai and tests are under process
urea sales over next two years. The Department of Fertilisers has already certified HIL as importer of decontrolled phosphatic and potassic fertilisers. It will market the NFL’s urea in Odisha and West Bengal whereas the RCF’s fertilisers will be marketed in Odisha and Assam. HIL is looking at sales of ` 200 crore from phosphoric and potassic (P&K) fertilisers and another ` 150 crore from urea in two years. The company has also introduced its own manufactured HILGOLD 100 percent water soluable NPK Fertilizer(NPK 19:19:19).
At present, HIL has three manufacturing plants, one each in Kochi, Bathinda and Rasayani, with a combined capacity of 30,000 kl per annum of pesticides. The company also has plans to expand its current capacity. To finance its expansion plans, the company is also looking to sell its 5.6 acres land for around 350 crore. The land is located at Zakhira near the Delhi-Rohtak road.
` Launch of Biopesticides and Organic Fertilisers
To take forward its diversification plans, the company would be launching biopesticides and organic fertilisers soon. These environment friendly and safe products are expected to hit the market by July-end. In the first phase, biopesticides and organic fertilisers would be made available for the farmers of Tamil Nadu, West Bengal and North Eastern States. Gradually, they will be marketed across the country.
Apart from manufacture and supply of quality agro chemicals, HIL has also started production and supply of quality seeds of various field crops to the farmers throughout India. The status of National Level Seed Production Agency (NLA) was accorded to the company by the Ministry of Agriculture & Farmers welfare at par with other National Agencies like NSC, KRIBHCO IFFCO to produce and supply the quality seeds under flagship schemes like National Food Security Mission (NFSM), Mission on Integrated Development of Horticulture (MIDH),National Mission on Oilseeds & Oil Palm (NMOOP). HIL produces and markets seeds for all major crops such as Rice, Maize, Wheat, Barley, Chickpea, Moong bean, Lentil, Pigeonpea / Field Pea, Groundnut, Soybean, Rapeseed & Mustard and for vegetables it deals with Okra, French Bean. Cow Pea, Veg. Pea, Coriander, Fenugreek, Spinach, Cucurbits. HIL’s hybrid seeds for Maize and Paddy. The present annual targets are 18,000 to 20,000 tonnes. HIL is member of the Business Planning Division (BPD) of different Agricultural Universities and ICAR Institutes to get the breeder seeds of various crops on preferential basis and non-exclusive license of seed production of hybrids to produce its own foundation and certified seeds in different States of India. Presently, HIL is getting the benefit to get the breeder seeds of latest released high yielding varieties from several different Agricultural Universities and ICAR Institutes.
Farmers Awareness Programmes
Awareness is the key for the prosperity of the farmers. HIL organises awareness camps for them and experts talk about judicious use of pesticides and crop protection solutions. During 2016-17, the company invested Rs 1.33 crore for awareness drive and organised 18 programmes at different locations. Each programme was attended by over 1000 farmers. Apart from providing relevant information , safety kits were also distributed to the farmers. Recently in March 2017, under Indo-Afghan Cooperation, a delegation from Afghanistan came to India and HIL organised a Seed Awareness Programme to share knowledge and technology development for the benefit of the farmers.
With a mantra “Protect to Prosper,’ HIL aims to be a global player in the field of crop protection and public health. The company is making all efforts to provide quality products through clean and safe technology which would enhance agricultural productivity and promote Public Health along with increasing product range, exports, efficiency and productivity.