FPOs targeted for effective knowledge transfer and wider dissemination Narendrapur, West Bengal, India (NewsView) CropLife India, an association of 16 R&D driven crop science companies and the leading voice of the crop science industry in India, launched an awareness and training program on “Application of Kisan Drone Technology in Agriculture” across the state of West Bengal. The training and demonstration program was organized jointly with the Department of Agriculture and the National Agricultural Management and Extension Training Institute (SAMETI) of the Government of West Bengal.
The two-day training and demonstration program was held at Narendrapur on 15-16 September 2022; Swami Sarvalokananda, Secretary, Ramakrishna Mission Ashrama, Narendrapur; Shri Hrishikesh Mudi, Special Secretary, Ministry of Agriculture, Government. from West Bengal; being the guest of honor. Dr. S. Chattaraj, Sr. Scientist, NBSSLUP, ICAR, Kolkata, Dr. Dibyendu Dutta, Former Scientist – Head & GM, RRSC-East, ISRO, Kolkata, Dr. Damodhara Rao Mailapalli, Associate Professor, IIT, Kharagpur and Dr Manas Ghosh, Senior ATC and Director of SAMETI addressed the gathering. Besides them, present on the occasion were SAMETI officials, Krishi Vigyan Kendra scientists and extension officers, Farmer Producer Organizations (FPOs), member companies and other officials.
Shri Hrishikesh Mudi, Special Secretary, Department of Agriculture, Government of West Bengal, said, “With the introduction of Kisan drones, they are becoming Indian farmer’s new best friend which would save time , money and increase performance and productivity. The Central and State governments are taking all necessary measures to facilitate the use of drones. During the program, CropLife India released its drone poster for quick reference and further dissemination. CropLife India believes that with all the favorable policy support from the government, the enabling ecosystem needs to be nurtured to ensure faster adoption of drones in Indian agriculture. All ecosystem players – government, agricultural universities, research institutes, corporations, industry associations, drone training institutes, drone manufacturers, drone service providers, FPOs, farmers, agricultural and rural entrepreneurs, etc. will have to work in tandem to achieve this. Many agrochemical companies are exploring ways to improve farmer acceptance of their products. Therefore, in the future, the demand for custom models of drones as a service (agricultural applications and crop protection) is bound to increase by leaps and bounds. CropLife India remains committed to advancing agriculture in India and meaningfully engaging with government and the farming community; to enable a safe and secure food supply. CropLife India pledges our full support in the interests of the government’s progressive and pragmatic initiatives for the benefit of farmers and sustainable agriculture in India. About CropLife India CropLife India is committed to advancing sustainable agriculture. It is an association of 16 national and international member companies focused on R&D in the field of crop protection and the leading voice of the plant science industry in India. We together represent ~70% of the market and are responsible for 95% of the molecules introduced into the country. Our member companies have annual global R&D expenditures of $6 billion and are strongly committed to engaging with the agricultural community to enable a safe and secure food supply.
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