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CoteX Technologies and Nutrien partner up to enhance nitrogen fertilizer sustainability

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CoteX Technologies, a growing Canadian agricultural technology startup, and Nutrien, a large provider of crop inputs and services, have entered into a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) to explore the joint commercialisation of a coating technology to produce an affordable, environmentally-friendly nitrogen fertilizer solution for large acreage crops in the North American market.

CoteX Technologies, a startup located in Nova Scotia, Canada, has developed a low-cost, customisable controlled-release fertilizer (CRF) coating that minimises environmental impact. The biodegradable coating allows fertilizer to be slowly released into the soil over time, reducing greenhouse gas emissions and eliminating potential residual material.

"This MOU is a big step forward for the global agriculture industry," said Santosh Yadav, CEO of CoteX Technologies. "We are thrilled to partner with Nutrien to explore the application of our product and the impact for the market."

Over 110 million t of nitrogen fertilizer is applied to crops worldwide every year. Nitrogen is required by every living cell and is a fundamental building block of plant proteins that improve crop yield and quality. Controlled release nitrogen fertilizer delivers this important crop nutrient while helping to minimise losses to runoff into waterways and diminish greenhouse gas emissions.

"Our coating process is lower cost and more versatile than liquid coating and it's environmentally friendly", said Yadav. "Adoption of our technology helps minimise the loss of nitrogen into the environment."

"We are excited to begin this journey with CoteX Technologies," said Trevor Williams, EVP and President of Nitrogen & Phosphates at Nutrien. "This innovation has the potential to substantially increase efficiency in nitrogen application which will help farmers increase yield potential in a sustainable way."

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