Agrisciences R&D

The Agrisciences R&D team continues evaluating and introducing several germplasm lines of identified crops including Casuarina and Eucalyptus to increase the genetic and trait diversities in these species, towards developing new varieties with higher yields, better quality and other relevant traits for ITC's businesses.

This high-end lab research is supported by field research at ITC's R&D Centre at Bhadrachalam which is at the core of the Company's fibre strategy for its Paperboards and Specialty Papers business. This state-of-the-art research centre is consistently striving to improve the productivity of several tree species, in order to give attractive land-use alternatives to traditional farmers and wasteland owners. So far, more than 100 high-yielding, fast-growing and disease resistant 'Bhadrachalam' clones have been produced on a commercial scale, including 23 site-specific clones adapted to problematic soils. The productivity of these saplings is 6-9 times that of normal seedlings.

ITC's comprehensive R&D facilities at Rajahmundry in Andhra Pradesh cover all aspects of tobacco crop cultivation. In collaboration with the Central Tobacco Research Institute and the Tobacco Board, ITC pioneered FCV tobacco cultivation in India and introduced the Burley and HDBRG varieties. ITC's continued focus on crop development has resulted in new varieties of seeds and hybrids in Andhra Pradesh and Karnataka, which have significantly improved farm yields and helped fulfill the demands of a dynamic global market.

Master Design Facility

Catering to the need of ITC's Lifestyle Business is a contemporary master Design Facility at Manesar, Gurgaon. It offers R&D facilities that have enabled the Company to offer internationally benchmarked fashion collection every season.