Institute of Pesticides Formulation Technology ( IPFT)


Introduction

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Name of the  Institute

Institute of Pesticides Formulation Technology

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Address

HSIDC, Sector 20, Udyog Vihar, Gurgaon, Haryana

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Telephone

0091-6348487, 6348489, 

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Fax/ E-mail

0091-6348488 / ipft@rediffmail.com

The Institute of Pesticide Formulation Technology (IPFT) was established in May, 1991 as a Government of India Society registered under the Societies Act under the Department of Chemicals and Petrochemicals, Ministry of Chemicals and Fertilizers, Government of India. The pesticide industry has been involved in its management and for ensuring better utilisation of infrastructural facilities by them. It originated as the Pesticide Development Programme India (PDPI), a project of Government of India sponsored by UNIDO (United Nations Industrial Development Organisation) in 1981 and was renamed as Pesticide Development Centre (PDC) in 1988 when the second phase of the project was approved. During the first phase the project was implemented through M/s Hindustan Insecticides Limited, a Government of India Enterprise.

IPFT is an institution building project of UNDP/UNIDO and Government of India to cater the needs of not only the Indian pesticide industry but also of the Asia Pacific Region. It is a non-profit making research institute. The Institute has a Governing Body comprising of academicians, eminent scientists, administrators, financial experts, professionals as well as experts from the pesticide industry.

The Institute is recognised by the Department of Science and Technology (DST), Govt. of India and Bureau of Indian Standards (BIS) The Governing Body has created two sub committees, a technical committee and a financial and administrative committee to oversee technical, financial and administrative matters of the Institute. In these two sub committees also, there are representatives of the pesticide industry.

 

Objectives

The objectives of the Institute as mentioned in the Article of Memorandum of Association of the Society are as follows:

To undertake research in pesticide formulation technology, encourage in the broadest and most liberal manner, the advancement of pesticide formulation research and development; the promotion and transfer of pesticide formulation technology to the industrial sector; the improvement of the qualifications and usefulness of pesticide formulation chemists and engineers through high standards of professional ethics, education and attainments; the increase and diffusion of pesticide formulations knowledge; and by its meetings, professional contacts, reports, papers, discussions and publications, to promote scientific interest and inquiry, to promote the utilisation of technology developed in pesticide formulation research and to enhance public awareness of enhanced technology and its values, thereby fostering public welfare and education, aiding the development of industries, and adding to the material prosperity and happiness of the people.

To foster the improvement of the qualifications and usefulness of pesticide formulation scientists.

To foster the objects specified herein, the Society shall interact with knowledgeable individuals on an international basis and shall be concerned with the application of pesticide formulation technology and peripheral utilisation in India and shall be available for consultation and guidance to organisations in Asia and the Far East under the aegis of the Regional Network on Safe Pesticide Production and Information for Asia and the Pacific (RENPAP).

 

Existing Organisation Structure

The Institute is headed by a Director and has four divisions viz. Formulation, Process Development, Analytical and Bio-Sciences. Each division is functionally headed by a HOD
alongwith the associated scientific staff.

 

R&D Thrust Areas

FORMULATION DEVELOPMENT

This Division has been working essentially on projects sponsored by the industry. The Institute has so far developed around 15 formulations, which have been successfully transferred to the industry, and is currently working on about 7 new formulation projects sponsored by the industry. During the last three years the major thrust for the technology development has been with the sponsored projects having export potential. More recently the Institute has developed a revised business plan and the technology packages developed at the Institute will comprise of the following three categories:

  • Sponsored projects by the industry
  • Viable projects being thought by the scientists of the Institute.
  • New projects pertaining to basic research through coordinated research projects sponsored by agencies/scientific organisations via scientific and confidentiality agreement with IPFT.

 

Process Development

The Process development Group has been working on the sponsored projects of the industry. Each project sponsored by the industry is transferred along with the process development package. Henceforth, any sponsored project from the industry on the technology transfer would be taken on a single package basis covering formulation development, process development and data generation at semi-commercial scale up level. The Institute is currently working on various sponsored projects viz. Metmeturon, Carbendazim and Cypermethrin. The Institute is fully equipped to take up further sponsored projects on the process development of newer formulations.

 

Analytical Division

The major thrust area of the Division is to develop new methods for analysing active ingredients of pesticides, validation/modification of existing methods, preparation of reference standards of pesticides, impurity profile analysis and pesticide sample analysis for quality assurance and quality control. The laboratory is fully equipped with the state of the art analytical equipment and is recognised as an independent testing laboratory by the Bureau of Indian Standards, CIPAC, RENPAC and GTZ. The institute is also participating in the Round Robin Test being conducted by the organisation for prohibition of chemical weapons (OPCW).

 

BIO Sciences

The major thrust area of this division is to evaluate the products developed by the Institute for its commercial viability and to generate data for registration purposes. Through its well equipped bio-assay laboratories, green houses and the experimental farm, the division is working in conjunction with formulation and process development divisions to evaluate various products biologically and generating necessary data on bio-efficacy, phyto-toxicity, residues and compatibility data and multi-locational data for registration purpose. The division is also undertaking sponsored projects on bio-efficacy, phyto-toxicity and field evaluations of candidate petiude formulations.

 

Achievements

Major formulation projects completed during the period are Malathion 50 WP, Endosulfan 50 EC, Sulphur 52.5 SC, Chlorpyriphos 50 SC, Isoproturon 50 SC, Isoproturon 75 WG, Monocrotophos 36 SL/ME, Captan 83 WG, Cypermethrin 40 WG, Isoproturon/ Diclofopmethyl 25:25 WP, Isoproturon 80/75 WG, Formulation Project Exploratory Trials completed are Lindane 57 SC, Chlorothalonil 50 SC, Chlorpyriphos 25 CS, Mancozeb 75WG, Carbendazim 85 WG and Acephate 75 SG. Technology development projects in progress include Quinalphos 20 EW, Quinolphos 20 ME, Methyl Parathion 25 CS.2,4D 70 WG, Metribuzin 80 WG and MI 25 20 seed dressing formulations.

The Institute also successfully scaled up the technologies for Malathion 50 WP, Isoproturon 75 WP, Sulphur 52.5 SC, Captan 83 WG, Deltamethrin 2.5 AW, Cyfluthrin 3.5 EW, Endosulfan 50 EW formulations. The Institute continues to provide the eco friendly pesticide formulation technologies to the industry to meet their growing demand, particularly for exports. The institute offers following services to the industry:

Development of suspension concentrates, water dispersible granules, micro emulsion and slow release formulations using indigenously available raw material.

Development of tailor-made formulations for specific pesticides as per requirements.

Organisation of training programmes, workshops, seminars on pesticide registration, application technology and other allied aspects.

Development of analytical methods, sample analysis, bio assay (lab and field) studies of pesticide formulations and semi commercial production of pesticide formulations.

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