Reliance Industries Limited (RIL) and National Research Development Corporation (NRDC) have joined hands for commercialization of superabsorbent hydrogels technology. The joint venture will help enhance water use in agriculture.
According to the pact, the technology involves a novel hydrophilic super-absorbent polymer indigenously developed by the Indian Agricultural Research Institute (IARI) to meet the requirements of water productivity in agriculture.
Hydrogel absorbs almost 350 times its weight of pure water at 500C. It exhibits absorbency at high temperatures suitable for semi-arid and arid regions. It also helps improve the physical properties of soil such as porosity, aggregate stability and hydraulic conductivity.
Apart from resolving the problem of inefficient use of water in agriculture, the technology claims to improve nutrient use efficiency. NRDC has has already signed similar pacts with five other companies. It is in the process of executing another agreement with a company for transfer of the same technology.