July is a month that calls attention to World Population Day and Alltech Crop Science is taking stock of the technology needed to feed the world, specifically China. The rapidly growing middle class in China is a large market that will need to feed itself, explains Vice President and head of Greater China for Alltech, Dr. Mark Lyons. “For years, there has been much discussion about who will feed China,” he said. “The answer is: China will feed China.”
To that end Alltech’s China Now initiatives and Alltech Crop Science China have been working together to gain registration for two natural plant and soil activators. These products are designed to streamline plant processes to offer optimal performance and to revitalize soil.
“The excellent results from the registration and demonstration trials conducted thus far make us extremely excited about the future of this technology in China and the role Alltech can play to support the development of new agricultural practices in this country,” said Dr. Xue Kai, technical and project manager for Alltech Crop Science China.
Currently China is the second largest producer of wheat, corn, potatoes and other commodities. The nation’s population is also migrating to urban areas and demanding healthier, safer and more nutritious food. To meet that need Dr. Lyons moved to China four years ago to head up Alltech’s efforts. The company hopes to address common issues like nutrient management.
“Across the globe, farmers are working to become more precise with nutrient management,” explained Dr. Steven Borst, Alltech Crop Science compliance manager. “With our global experience, we can share best practices with producers and others involved in Chinese agribusiness.”
“Consumers and producers alike are demanding more natural alternatives and products that fit into sustainable management systems,” concluded Borst. “Alltech Crop Science is focused on providing new solutions that meet environmental sustainability and food safety standards.”