Israel’s ICL has developed a biodegradable coating technology, called eqo.x , for its controlled-release fertilizer (CRF) product ranges.
The technology was designed for open-field agriculture, the company said, and “is the first offering in the market to provide a controlled release fertilizer coating for urea, which biodegrades more rapidly, and was specifically designed to meet future European fertilizer standards set to go into effect in 2026.”
The new technology will also be applied to ICL’s CRF products for agricultural crops, including the Agromaster and Agrocote brands.
“ICL is proud to introduce our most advanced CRF coating, eqo.x rapidly biodegrading release technology, which will both help regulate the release of nutrients on a daily basis – by responding to each crops’ specific needs – and result in higher nutrient use efficiency,” said Elad Aharonson, president of ICL’s Innovative Ag Solutions.
The company expects to have the new coating ready for farmers in the European Union by 2023 and says that in order to meet expected market demand it is is investing $20 million in a new production line for eqo.x release technology at its Heerlen facility in the Netherlands.
Find out more about CRFs in New AG International’s latest e-book on Slow- Controlled Release and Stabilised Fertilizers, here.