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€120,000 in global funding on the occasion of the Groupe Roullier Innovation Awards

Organised by Groupe Roullier and its Centre Mondial de l’Innovation, “the Innovation Awards Groupe Roullier 2018” will... View Article

Organised by Groupe Roullier and its Centre Mondial de l’Innovation, “the Innovation Awards Groupe Roullier 2018” will reward two researchers or research laboratories for the value of their dossiers in relation to the Group’s areas of expertise in Plant Nutrition. Each of the two Competition winners will be offered the opportunity to develop their research project over the course of a year in collaboration with Groupe Roullier with €60,000 of funding. Candidates can submit their projects on the dedicated website www.innovation-awards-roullier.com until 28 February 2018.

The competition is open to all researchers and laboratories across the world working in the following areas:

  • Plant nutrition
  • Natural plant and marine substances
  • Soil life and soil science
  • Biostimulation and Biocontrol
  • Biotechnology and plant engineering

The aim of this Prize is to promote scientific collaboration and innovation, as well as to develop research activities in Plant Nutrition. The dossiers submitted on the dedicated website www.innovation-awards-roullier.com before 28/02/2018 will be examined by a jury of international experts. The winners will receive their awards at the prize-giving which will take place in Saint-Malo in June 2018.

The creation of this competition follows on from the opening of the Centre Mondial de l’Innovation Roullier at the end of 2015. A true driver of growth and a major player in the field of Plant and Animal Nutrition, it brings together around one hundred doctors and researchers from across the globe. Its opening also accelerated the number of international scientific partnerships, which increased from 70 to more than 100 in just a few months.

19.01

“A SUCCESSFUL 2016-17 SEASON” By Willem Herman Van Der Westhuizen, Timac Agro South Africa

The 2016/2017 season was very successful in my area, as the trials that I ran... View Article

The 2016/2017 season was very successful in my area, as the trials that I ran on sweet potato, broccoli, tobacco, potato, dry beans, citrus, and wheat were all successful in terms of commercial return on investment. These successful outcomes meant happy clients and return business.

With strong fertilizer competition in the Groblersdal area, it was initially difficult to enter the market and gain market share but, based on the positive outcomes of the trials I ran, and consistency in my approach to client relationships my client base has grown substantially and, with it, their trust un me. I am also excited about the growth in the citrus market. About 50 ha of citrus trials are currently running; they are showing great promise and will probably bring in a lot of new business, once the commercial results are known. In the 2017/2018 season, I will focus on citrus as my main crop, with other crops like cotton, maize, wheat, tobacco, vegetables, and table grapes as supplementary, since most farmers in Groblersdal are multi-crop farmers.

Interest in Timac Agro’s technology is growing and I am sure that we will be able to change the approach to crop fertilization on the back of the excellent results already achieved with crops like tobacco. With the upcoming tobacco farmers’ day, we will showcase trials that are currently running with farmers and not only discuss how we can reduce input costs, but also the time spent in the field, thereby increasing the return on investment.

Our relationship with Afrifert as distributor is continually growing and has been of great help to gain market share. I know our relationship will be mutually beneficial and grow even more in the future. With our products, local blending, and a growing client base, we will take Timac Agro to new heights in this region.

I am very optimistic and look forward to the 2017/2018 season, until Timac Agro becomes a household name locally.