Agriculture, horticulture and fishing

Agrotechnical textiles are used in farming, animal husbandry and horticulture to control the hazardous influences of environmental and climactic factors on crop production and cattle breeding, regulate nutrient level intake of plants, and assist in process and post harvest operations. Agrotextiles, in the form of nets, ropes and lines, have also been used extensively in the fishing industry. Agrotextiles have been demonstrated to be successful world over in not only protecting the crops from any external factors, but also in improving agricultural yield. Given the importance of agriculture to the Indian economy and population, the need and potential application of agrotextiles in the country is significant and vast. 

As per estimates by the Working Group on Textiles and Jute Industry, Ministry of Textiles, Government of India, the Indian agrotech segment is expected to grow at a rate of 20% to US $ 340 million by 2016-17. Key Indian manufacturers in the segment include:

  • Shade nets: Garware Wall Ropes, CTM Agrotextiles Ltd., Rishi Techtex Ltd, Tuflex (Netlon India Ltd) and Neo Corp International Ltd.
  • Mulch mats: Unimin, Fiberweb India, Shivam Polymers, Climax Synthetics Pvt. Ltd, Creative polymers Pvt. Ltd and Essen Multipack Ltd.
  • Anti-hail nets and bird protection nets: Tuflex, Kwality Nets and Garware Wall Ropes
  • Crop covers: Unimin India Ltd, Fiberweb India Ltd, KK Non-woven and KT Exports;
  • Fish nets: Garware Wall Ropes, Hinafil India Pvt Ltd., SRF Polymers Limited.

COE: Agrotech (SASMIRA)

SASMIRA as the Centre of Excellence for Agrotextiles along with alliances is working towards the demonstration, promotion, training, testing and evaluation of Agrotextiles in the country at the behest of The Office of the Textile Commissioner, Ministry of Textiles, Government of India.

Contact SASMIRA:

U K Gangopadhyay, Executive Director
The Synthetic & Art Silk Mills' Research Association, Sasmira Marg, Worli, Mumbai - 400030

Phone: +91 - 022 - 24935351-52
Fax: +91 - 022 - 24930225
E-mail: sasmira@vsnl.com
Website:
www.agrotech.sasmira.org