CropLife India, comprising 16 research and development focused crop protection companies, is dedicated to promoting sustainable agriculture. They represent 70% of the overall market and introduce 95% of agricultural molecules in India.
With an annual global R&D budget of 6 billion USD, these companies collaborate with farmers to ensure food safety. Since the 1950s, they have partnered with the government, investing in manufacturing, job creation, and agricultural innovation, driving the growth of the sector and increasing agricultural productivity.
Mr. Kakani Govardhan Reddy, Agriculture Minister of Andhra Pradesh during his inaugural address emphasized on educating farmers on new agricultural technologies. He highlighted initiatives like ‘E-KYC Know Your Crop’ and State Minimum Support Price Act for inclusive agriculture.
Agriculture Minister in Haryana Mr. JP Dalal encouraged crop diversification and matching production with market demand. He also mentioned the construction of Asia’s largest market at Gunur, Haryana, spread over 550 acres, which will provide block and tehsil-level grading, packaging and sorting facilities to enhance product quality for international markets. Will do.
Dr. Ashok Dalwai, Chairman, Empowered Committee on Doubling Farmers’ Income, Ministry of Agriculture and Farmers Welfare, Government of India, participated in the discussion with industry leaders. He stressed the need for data-driven research and stressed the importance of public-private partnerships in providing modern technology to farmers to increase production and productivity.
Dr. PK Singh, Commissioner of Agriculture in the Ministry of Agriculture and Farmers’ Welfare, Government of India emphasized the “One Health” approach to balance and improve the health of people, animals and the environment. He highlighted the role of technology in enabling multiple cropping cycles in a single field, educating farmers and changing perceptions about agrochemicals for the country’s development.
Dr. Vishal Choudhary, Deputy Industry Adviser in the Ministry of Chemicals and Fertilizers, mentioned that the Ministry has set up an Industrial Facilitation Cell to address the concerns of the industry. Additionally, efforts are underway to develop specialized courses focused on agrochemicals, which will promote their responsible use.
Dr. SC Dubey, Assistant Director General (Plant Protection), Ministry of Agriculture and Farmers Welfare, Government of India, on the importance of agrochemicals in reducing crop losses, increasing productivity, and managing nutrients and water efficiently. emphasized. He stressed the need to increase investment in research and development to ensure sustainable agriculture. He also called for policies that prioritize environmental sustainability, farmers’ welfare and long-term profitability.
Dr. KC Ravi, Chairman, CropLife India highlighted the need for a predictable, stable, and science-based policy and regulatory framework as India transforms into a global food hub. Such a framework will facilitate innovation and introduction of new products to meet the challenges faced by farmers. Dr. Ravi also mentioned the potential of advanced technologies like artificial intelligence and drones in agriculture.
The session on “Women Driving the Growth of Indian Agriculture” featured eminent personalities, including Ms. Chhvi Rajawat, 1st MBA Sarpanch, Ms. Sangeeta Bhujappa, Dr. Anupama Singh from IARI, and Ms. Nisha Solanki, Haryana’s first woman drone pilot, Agriculture. Highlighting the important role of women in
CropLife India and its member companies have played a leading role in Indian agriculture for over 77 years, committed to introducing safe innovations and educating farmers responsibly. Their goal is to promote a science-based, stable regulatory environment, working closely with farmers, scientists and policy makers. However, increasing research expenditure, estimated at Rs 2,000 crore for a new active ingredient, is a forward-thinking policy framework to ensure agricultural success, reduce waste, and promote innovation in India. need of
About Crop Life India:
CropLife India is dedicated to promoting sustainable agriculture and comprises a group of 16 companies focused on research and development in crop protection. Overall, CropLife India represents about 70% of the market and is responsible for introducing 95% of the molecules used in the country. Member companies allocate an annual global budget of US$6 billion to research and development and are committed to collaborating with the farming community to ensure a safe and reliable food supply.
Member companies have been operating in India since the 1950s, and continue to work closely with the government to support the agricultural sector. This involvement includes direct investment in building factories, creating employment opportunities, introducing agricultural innovations, and working tirelessly with various stakeholders over the years to increase agricultural productivity.
First Published: 30 Sep 2023, 11:54 IST