Dhana Crop Sciences is basically a family business started as a small dealer of Agro Chemicals in the year 1978 and have grown to become a leading distributor in Andhra Pradesh. Decided in 1995 to start manufacturing unit for manufacturing quality products to cater to farmer needs, with vast experience gained over the years in marketing, distribution, and interaction with farmers.
Dhana Crop Sciences, a Hyderabad based, all India presence company established in 1998, currently offers over 100 Generic insecticides, fungicides, herbicides, Nutritionals, PGRs, Organic Chelates, Organic mineral Gluconate and Glycinates, Protein hydrolysates and other aids from a portfolio of more than 50 strategic active ingredients. Dhana Crop Sciences also supplies end-use products to other marketers and distributors in India. Supported by diversified strengths, the Dhana Crop Sciences portfolio of products and capabilities continues to expand.
Heading a Small Business Unit to a 200 Crore Company
The Founder and CEO of the Dhana Crop Sciences, Mr.P.V.Mohan Rao is a graduate in Chemistry. He is highly talented in the field of Agrochemicals business. The company was established in 1995 for the manufacturing of Copper Oxy Chloride Technical, WP, Agrochemicals, Plant growth promoters, Plant Micronutrient products, Organic Fertilizers, and Biofertilizers. It is his vision that made the company grow from a small business unit to a 200 crore company in a short span of time. He continuously strives in the field of research for the development of various new products.
Overpowered the Setbacks
Dhana Crop had to face many challenges such as financial constraints, market competition, price wars during the establishment of the company. But the company could over come all these factors with good team work, continuous R&D in improving product quality, very good market setup, regular interaction directly with farmers, dedicated field staff.
Helping Soil to be more Fertile
Agricultural Testing Kits – Soil Test Kit: Using this portable soil testing kit developed at ANGR Agricultural University, Rajendranagar, Hyderabad, one can analyze soil at field level and know the soil fertility status on the spot. This Kit consists of chemical reagents for 10 parameters and a small instrument for salinity test. To determine the parameters, reagents are provided in the kit along with all accessories. Methods of analysis, color charts for different parameters and fertilizer schedule for different crops are provided in the booklet supplied with the kit. The soil sample is taken in beaker/soil shaking bottle provided in the kit and mixed with a definite quantity of the reagents and filtered through filter paper into a test tube followed by color development as per the instructions. Based on the color shade one can know the test results.
Using this soil test kit one can analyze pH, EC, organic carbon, nitrogen, phosphorus, potassium, sulfur, free calcium carbonate, zinc, iron, and boron. Different colour shades are provided in the kit for each test, this kit was popularized in most parts of India and the technology pertaining to it is patented.
Irrespective of the soil type, all the eleven parameters can be analyzed satisfactorily with this kit. It works well both in mildly acidic soils, saline or alkaline soils and calcareous soils.
Nutrients Importance to Plants
Agricultural Testing Kits – Plant Tissue Test Kit: The crop growth and productivity is conditioned by many factors of which, the nutrient status (content) of plant parts such as leaf, stem, etc. play a critical role. Moreover, the leaf and stem are considered as the indicator parts of plants for assessing the nutrients content of the plant. Each crop plant requires the essential element at a specific concentration at different growth stages and it is known as ‘critical level’. When the nutrients content of plant depletes below the critical level the plants may exhibit some symptoms.
The requirement or otherwise the availability of nutrients can be assessed by:
- Plant diagnosis
- Soil analysis
- Plant analysis by two methods
- Qualitative test
- Quantitative estimation.
Based on the plant or soil tests, the required nutrients can be applied for crops to sustain the growth and rectify the deficiency disorders. The rapid tissue test would pave way for rectifying the nutritional problems for a quick recovery: however, the quantitative estimation of both plant and soil for nutrients concentration will be more useful and economic for applying fertilizers either as basal or foliar and would be the long term strategy to cope up with nutritional problems.
Scrutinizing Importance of Water
Agricultural Testing Kits – Water Test Kit for Irrigation Water Analysis: Irrigation waters have to be judged for their quality in terms of its salinity hazards (EC) or alkali hazards (SAR and other assay) or for specific ion effect (chlorine and boron contents). Under polluting environments, which are specific, heavy metal content like lead, cadmium, chromium, and mercury besides BOD and COD are also crucial.
It is more appropriate to have preliminary level comprehendible water Test Kit that can easily be handled at Gram Panchayat level, enabling the agricultural officers or extension officials to do the analysis at field level and help farmers to test irrigation water for qualitative aspects. It is with this intention; a soil scientist at ANGRAU has come up with a portable water Test Kit that can determine pH, Electrical conductivity, total dissolved solids, total hardness, alkalinity, and salinity, apart from cations like calcium, & Magnesium and anions like carbonates & bicarbonates, sulphates, chlorides, nitrates, phosphates and fluorides which are important from water quality, salinity hazard, plant nutrition and environmental point of view.
As the composition of irrigation waters is mostly evaluated to determine its suitability for irrigation and much less as carriers of plant nutrients, greater coverage has been given to water quality aspects. In addition to above analytical methods, interpretation of analytical data from the end point of view has been included. This Water Kit has been designed for a range of irrigation waters and is quite suitable for small and marginal farmers of the semi arid regions in India. Also, this water test kit is applicable in a wide range of cultivable irrigated areas. This portable Irrigation Water Test Kit is ideal for professional scientists and non-scientists alike, for irrigation water quality assessment under a wide variety of conditions. Farmers, researchers, extension agents, and educators can use the versatile test kit at remote sites, in the classroom, or even in areas lacking electricity.
Manure, the Soul of Irrigation
Agricultural Testing Kits – Kit for Organic Manures: The use of organic manures like farm yard manures, vermicompost, farm residues, oil cakes, etc., along with chemical fertilizers is receiving much attention. Addition of organic manures in the soil causes the soil life to flourish and carry on with the related biological functions. The increase in organic and major and secondary nutrients by the continuous supply of organic manures has been well documented.
The average nutrient content of a number of organic manures can vary considerably in composition from one lot to another but this should not come in the way of their utilization as sources of plant nutrients in agriculture. Out of various organic resources, materials derived from animals and oil cakes are richer in nutrient content than those derived from excreta, crop residues, refuses etc. The number of small, medium and large companies started manufacturing these organic manures and supply to the farming community.
The problem which was first encountered by these organic manures’ manufacturers was to know about the amount of organic carbon content (Organic matter), major nutrients like nitrogen, phosphorus, potassium and tracer elements like sulfur present in their organic manures instantly. This led to research concentrating on the development of a simple kit to determine the organic carbon content in organic manures and interpreting the results in terms of organic matter. With regard to total contents of major nutrients and micro nutrients, they have to be analyzed in the laboratory only which involves treating organic manures with strong acids at high temperature for digestion of organic manures and analyzed using sophisticated equipments by colorimetric techniques and automic absorption. However, water soluble major nutrients like nitrogen phosphorus, potassium and tracer elements like sulfur can be known instantly by this kit.
The latest offering by Dhana Crop Sciences:
Pasura Gold Granules are derived from natural proteins, fulvic acids, and organic substances.
They are useful for spreading of crops primary and secondary root system,
which in contact with soil particles assists in the absorption of water and minerals on the surface of the root system:
- Pasura Gold granules also help to increase the root hair system.
- Pasura Gold granules also useful in maintaining the ratio of the weight of organic carbon to the weight of total nitrogen in soil or organic material in the soil.
- Pasura Gold granules can reduce usage of chemical fertilizers up to 30%.
SUGAR MAX specially formulated by state of the art technology from the PASURA research house for quick conversion of nitrogen into more functional forms of nitrogen in plants. It increases sugar production and transportation in plant roots and leaves.
- SUGAR MAX will correct BORON and MOLYBDENUM deficiencies and give more uniform size of fruits and yields.
- It will shorten internode length, increase lateral branching and increase number of fruit points while decreasing fruit & bud abortion.
Modernization in Agro Chemicals
Development of different types of Plant nutrient products is going on. Dhana Crop Sciences have built up sufficient production capacities in formulation like EC, SC, EW, WDP, SP, WDG etc.
A Step towards Social Responsibility
The agricultural market is a fast growing market and Dhana Crop is, well equipped with state of the art infrastructure to cater to the demand. The Company does not produce any waste in the manufacturing process. In fact, Dhana’s R&D is in the process of converting different wastage generated, in agro process, into Organic fertilizer.