09 December 2021, Mumbai: Mr. R.D. Shroff, Chairman Emeritus, CCFI was recently conferred Padma Bhushan award for Trade & Industry 2021 by Honourable President of India. CCFI had organised an industry get together to felicitate Mr R.D. Shroff at Mumbai.
Speaking at the event Mr Deepak Shah, Chairman, CCFI & Mr Rajesh Aggarwal, Vice Chairman, CCFI, lauded the achievements of Mr Shroff. Mr Shroff is a pioneer in setting up a chemical plant, registering several molecules for Indian crop protection segment, undertaking large scale demonstrations and setting up manufacturing plants not only in india but abroad. UPL Ltd (formerly known as United Phosphorous Limited) was one of the first corporates in agrochemical sector to export molecules which matched global standards at a competitive price and earned valuable foreign exchange. This was all successfully implemented during Licence Raj inspite of competition from imported chemicals and MNCs.
Dr Ashwani Mahajan of Swadeshi Jagran Manch complimented Mr Rajju for being a staunch nationalist and spear heading the Indian government’s policy of Make in India from the beginning to become self reliant. Dr Krishan Bir Chaudhary, farmer leader, praised the efforts of Mr Shroff to take MNCs head-on in quality and price.
Ms Nirmala Pathrawal, Executive Director & Mr Harish Mehta, Senior advisor, CCFI honoured Mr Rajju Shroff along with wife Ms Sandra Shroff. A video film depicting the achievements of Shroff family was released during the event.
Among other speakers were Dr CD Mayee, Mr Ashish Shelar & Mr Ashwin Shroff who praised his technical competence and passion for chemistry besides second highest contributor in corporate social responsibility.
Addressing the audience at the gathering, Mr Shroff attributed his success to his wife, Ms. Sandra, his sons Mr Jai Shroff (Global CEO) and Mr Vikran Shroff, Director at UPL for their unparalleled support along with the dedicated UPL management team. He said that our Indian quality matches global standards and we are now exporting to over 130 countries. In fact agrochemicals is the major sector where exports have reached 30,000 Cr which is higher than domestic consumption.
Mr Shroff said that CCFI serves as a responsible interface between Government and Industry at all levels including farmers, researchers and scientists. The industry body is instrumental in framing of Governmental policies, proposed market regulatory reforms, technology adoption, research and extension in agriculture. It also works on generating rural employment for the benefit of our stake holders namely corporate trade, channel partners, farmers and their contract labour.
Crop Care Federation of India (CCFI) is the oldest and an apex federation of over 50 Indian manufactures dealing in agriculture inputs like pesticides, fertilisers, seeds and farm equipment with presence across India. The basic purpose of the industry body is to work on advancement of crop protection and safety of farmers during field operations and storage.
CCFI has taken up the responsibility to ensure farmers prosperity by taking up extension work and demonstrations to help small and marginal farmers to minimise crop losses and improve income.