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Soil & Water Technologies

Soil & Water Technologies

Management of our essential resources, Soil and water, is the foundation of any agricultural system in providing sustainable solutions to agriculture for both food and industrial cropping.

The reduction of Soil degradation and conservation of our valuable water supplies are the cornerstone of how UPL are working towards more sustainable agricultural system with Open Ag at the forefront of our technologies to build resilience into our soil health and environment.

Helping water live longer

UPL Zeba™ is a patented, granular, free flowing technology in the category of soil conditioner / amendment, intended for in furrow application with a proven history in its ability to positively manage soil solution water whilst having a constructive impact on soil health parameters.
Enabling growers to directly increase the efficiency of the water they use, along with soil solution nutrition, for the benefit of plants, soil and the environment. Being degradable Zeba leaves no residues across a wide range of applications.

What benefit does Zeba offer?

Zeba directly reduces the amount of water needing to be applied through irrigation – enabling more yield from less water is key to reducing our water footprint, whilst helping with water supplies and associated costs.

Zeba helps in the reduction of leachates and associated contaminants to the environment – increasing the water holding capacity of a soil, this retained moisture in the soil solution for benefit if crops and the soil microbiome.

Zeba increases the Nutrient use efficiency in the rooting zone – having a positive interaction with essential soil nutrients.

Zeba has a positive effect on the soils microbiome supporting the soil food web

Why is Zeba referred
to as a Soil conditioner /

Zeba™ is a material product which acts on several points related to a soils function and health.
Water a key dynamic for soils to function, yet Zeba also has physical presence within the soil profile. As due to its starch based formula it attracts individual soil particles to its surfaces, and upon drying will hold then in what is known as aggregates, these aggregates are just what is required in many of our soils today, offering a direct contribution to soil aeration and bulk density, which in turn is the ideal environment for root and beneficial soil microbe development.

In addition Zeba is capable of interacting with soil nutirents, with a high exchange capacity, increasing the soils ability to exchange nutrients within the soil environment.

It is well known that the efficiency of nutrients is linked to the efficiency of water, so that zeba is the ideal product to contribute to a successful soil and plant environment.

This dynamic of soil and water also leads to the way Zeba is known for reducing unwelcome soil leachates, which otherwise would pass into the environment.

Reduced Nutrient Leaching

As Zeba directly increases the soil’s ability to hold water, and reducing the amount required from irrigation coupled with its ability to support soil aggregates and the microbiome, all contributes to an overall reduction in unwanted leachates.



The positive impact of Zeba on the environment is one of the biggest differences between similar products. Since Zeba is unequally based on corn starch, when broken down, it reverts to a substance which is a source of food for microbes and leaves no residue.

Increased nourishment to microbes, increased soil aggregation and reduced water leaching combined with the reduction of bulk density allow Zeba to be a positive contribution to protect the environment from the impact of modern farming practices.
This is known as building resilience to the system, both for the grower and the soils health.

Water Holding

The positive impact of Zeba on the environment is one of the biggest differences between similar products. Since Zeba is unequally based on corn starch, when broken down, it reverts to a substance which is a source of food for microbes and leaves no residue.

Key positions of use



For mixture with
compost substrates

Turf & Ornamental

Plant module
planting out

Supporting the survival
and establishment of
any planted-out
modules in open field
or protected situations.


In Furrow

For application of all
in furrow planted crops

Home & garden

Trees and

For all classes of trees
from the planting out to
established support



Specific applications by

Home & garden

Coating materials

For the ability to coat seeds
The application to coat and support a range of in furrow applied fertilizers
To be included along with in furrow liquid injection of water and selected fertilizers

Watch These Videos to know Zeba's Success


A pomegranate paradise, Thanks to Zeba!

Watch Narayan Raghunath Pangawane, a farmer from Nashik, India, speak highly of UPL's Zeba. He has been using Zeba for the last ten years and is more than happy with its performance. With Zeba on his side, his fruit cultivation no more depends on rainfall or irrigation and his orchards are laden with the most beautiful fruits even in drought conditions.


Better plants, bigger yields with UPL's Zeba

See how Zeba has lived up to the expectations of farmers from Manuka in Hanumangad, India, by making their plants healthy and disease-free and increasing the yield of round gourds, with minimum use of water. They have recommended Zeba to other farmers too.


With UPL's Zeba water shortage is no more a problem.

UPL's Zeba has been a boon to the drought stricken region of Kothale in Pune, India. Rahul Sahebrao Bhosale had been struggling with the shortage of water and facing low fruit yields due to it for years before he came to know about Zeba. Now, with the moisture retaining Zeba to his rescue he has better and bigger fruits and that too in larger numbers per tree.


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