Hindustan Insecticide Ltd. is planning to set up a new agrochemical plant in the Eastern India. Ganjam district of Odisha has received a nod for the land allocation which will receive final confirmation by the DIPP. The 200 cr. worth plant would major in the production of agrochemicals.
Mr. S P Mohanty, Director HIL tells Agriculture World, “ The 18 acre land for the development of the new unit will add to the striving growth of HIL. The project is waiting for the PMO land approval, which should not take long and the process will take flight after that.”
In 2006 the Ministry of Panchayati Raj named Ganjam one of the country's 250 most impoverished districts (out of 640 districts in total). It is one of the 19 districts in Odisha currently receiving funds from the Backward Regions Grant Fund Programme (BRGF). An important contributor to the local economy is production of extracts from Ganjam Kewda Rooh, which are used in perfumery.
HIL already has three units of insecticide production in the states of Punjab, Maharashtra and Kerala. The company majors in the production of Technicals, Formulation, By-Product, Intermediate, Fertilizers, Micro-nutrients and Bio-pesticides.
HIL, a Govt. of India Enterprise, under the Deptt. of Chemicals & Petrochemicals, Ministry of Chemicals & Fertilizers, Govt. of India, was incorporated in March, 1954 with the objective of supplying DDT for National Malaria Eradication Programme launched by the Government of India. Subsequently, the company diversified into agro pesticides to meet the requirements of agriculture sector and has grown manifold with a turnover of Rs. 357.91 crores in the year 2016-17. Presently the company is also operating in agro inputs namely agro-chemicals, seeds and recently it ventured into fertilizers so that all the requirement of farming community can be met under one roof.
HIL has widened its product profile of technical products from 5 to 15 as on date. HIL is also looking at development of alternatives to DDT. The company has already tied up with the Institute of Chemical Technology, Mumbai, to develop a bio-degradable alternative to DDT which can be used as an indoor residual spray. HIL is also at the advanced stage of development of technology for insecticidal treated nets which is currently being promoted by WHO as alternate vector control tool.