Dr. G P Shetty, Chairman, Multiplex Group, being a “Plant Physiology and Plant Nutrition” expert himself could understand the ill effects of extensive use of major nutrients such as N,P and K, when the country embarked upon “Green Revolution”, in 70s. In short span of time, as visualized by Dr.GPS, imbalanced application of major nutrients resulted in poor crop response ratio, resulting in stagnation in food production.
His entrepreneurial zeal combined with knowledge of crop nutrition saw an opportunity to work with farmers to popularize application of secondary and micronutrients for increase in yield as well as quality of produce. Hence, the birth of M/S. Karnataka Agro Chemicals (KAC) in the year 1974 under the Self Employment Scheme of Government of Karnataka, with an initial capital of just Rs. 20,000/-. Dr.GPS and KAC have become a household name among the farming community, for spreading the holistic concept of integrated crop nutrition and crop protection, across the length and breadth of the country through a qualified and trained field force of around 600.
Further, under his leader ship the Multiplex Group with 7 subsidiaries has expanded its activities to Micronutrients, Organic Manure, Bio fertilizers and pesticides, Agricultural Management Education, Farm Management Service, and the latest one being Agri E-commerce initiative. Even at the age of 77 years he continues to guide the “Team Multiplex” for its all-round development.
Recognizing his immense contribution to sustainable development of agriculture, the Government of Karnataka bestowed upon him with Rajyotsava Award for Agriculture. In addition, he is also the recipient of many awards conferred upon him by several organizations.
Mr. Mahesh G. Shetty, being the son of renowned scientist Dr.GP Shetty, the journey to succeed his father came at a very young age. He started assisting his father, even when he was studying in college. This helped him to thoroughly understand the practical details of agriculture input production and marketing. Today with vast experience of over 25 years in the field of Agri. Industry and under the able guidance of his father, he has played a pivotal role in building the entity in to an organization of repute in production and marketing of micronutrients, specialty fertilizers, organic manure, biofertilizer and bio pesticides on PAN India basis.
Today, Organic Manure and Bio agricultural inputs manufactured by the group are being exported to countries like Japan, China, Malaysia, Mauritius, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, Cyprus and few countries in Africa. Recognizing his contribution, the “International Competence Centre for Organic Agriculture(ICCOA)” has conferred award to Mr. Mahesh G. Shetty as the “Young Industrial Entrepreneur”. Also, under his able leadership, the group has received Fertilizer Association of India(FAI) award for “Production, Promotion, and Marketing of Bio Fertilizers”. Also, he has been nominated as the Vice President of “Indian micro fertilizers manufacturers association”.
Further, for the rich contribution he made in development of agriculture in Republic of Djibouti, he is appointed as the “Honorary Consul of the Republic of Djibouti”
Mrs. Nishchita M Shetty, a science graduate is an independent thinker, with constant support and encouragement, she receives from her husband as well as her father-in-law, she started a subsidiary M/S. Multiplex Urban GreenIndia Pvt. Ltd., with the sole objective of meeting the long-cherished vision of her father-in-law Dr. G P Shetty to provide chemical residue free food to the urbanites. She has a “Vision” to create joy of nurturing vegetables and flowers in urban homes by providing organic and environmental friendly products & services. She actively engages herself to support the cause of “Go Green, Grow Green” initiative.
She is also a director in all the subsidiaries of Multiplex Group. Today she is an acclaimed entrepreneur in her own right.