Sound research backup is pre-requisite for the success of any industry. The theme of research department is mainly focused on “Need based Research”. The mandate includes the crop improvement in respect of hybrids / varieties development having field tolerance to biotic and abiotic stresses coupled with high yield so that the cost of cultivation can be reduced by means of curtailing the expenses on fertilizers, pesticides, chemicals and fungicides. Secondly, keeping in mind the export potential because of WTO / GATT agreements, the R&D activities are focused on Integrated Crop management (ICM) & quality product development for export oriented production of agricultural / horticultural crops making them globally competitive and fit for human consumption. There are about 35 important crops in cereals, oilseeds, pulses, fiber crops & vegetables on which research is progressive.
The R & D unit possesses 200 hectares of own farmland; it is supported with well-equipped laboratory, meteorological observatory, up-to-date library and climatically controlled poly-houses for experimentation. Presently qualified scientists are engaged in development of unique hybrids & varieties of different crops.
The R&D is approved by Department of Scientific and Industrial Research (DSIR), Ministry of Science and Technology Government of India. Similarly Nirmal’s R&D unit is one of the voluntary centers for conducting ICAR’s AICRP trials and has international tie ups. To strengthen the research activities so as to meet the requirements of domestic and international markets, company has made R&D tie-ups with research Organisations of International repute.
Apart from conventional breeding R&D division is focused on nutritional breeding particularly in Pearl Millet, Wheat, Paddy, Maize and Mustard. Company has commercialized Iron (Fe) rich Pearl Millet, Zinc (Zn) rich Wheat and will soon come up with Mustard hybrids with low glucosinolate and euricic acid
(“ double low” trait).