05 October 2023, New Delhi: The 60th AGM of the Crop Care Federation of India (CCFI) was held last week in New Delhi. The elected directors unanimously re-elected Deepak Shah of Sulphur Mills as Chairman, Rajesh Aggarwal of Insecticides (India) & Natwarlal M Patel of Meghmani Organics as Vice Presidents of the industry body. The newly elected board assured the members of taking up all industry issues in a time-bound manner.
CCFI invited Dr. SK Dubey, Assistant Director General, Plant Protection, and Dr. Krishan Bir Chaudhary, Farmer Leader as the chief guest for the AGM. Dr. Dubey praised the role of CCFI in creating awareness on the use of agrochemicals besides talking about issues affecting the agrochemical industry. Dr. Krishan Bir Chaudhary lauded the role of CCFI in creating awareness of the safe use of pesticides through agriculture fairs and promoting the use of PPE (Personal Protective Equipment) kits while spraying agrochemicals.
R.D. Shroff, Chairman – Emeritus would be guiding the board as a permanent invitee during board meetings. In his address, he said, “I am ecstatic that through the Make in India policy of the Government, the members have facilitated exports and expanded their global presence. As a leading and oldest association, CCFI has been taking the lead in government liaison and policy framing, farmers training, investment in manufacturing, promotion, and innovation in research and development, besides media relations.”
A special film called ‘The Unstoppables’ was released encapsulating 60 years of CCFI as an organization and the progress made by the members to promote Make in India policy and focus on exports and how it is shaping the industry today by being the 2nd largest exporter in the world.
Rajesh Agarwal, Managing Director – IIL, Vice President – CCFI said, “Let it be known to the world that when Indian companies manufacture, they not only match global standards but produce at practically half the cost. We would be part of the government initiative of Make in India policy towards self-reliant India and save valuable foreign exchange by reducing imports”
“As a leading and oldest association CCFI has been taking the lead in government liaison with nodal ministries in framing farmer-friendly policies, farmers training, and awareness programs, investment in manufacturing by Indian corporates, promotion and innovation in R&D, besides media relations and press interaction nationally and internationally”, said Harish Mehta, Technical Advisor, CCFI.
Deepak Shah, Chairman of CCFI said, “We have resolved to serve more vigorously in the interest of the farming community and encourage Indian industries to have enough opportunities to grow & expand the world over. Lastly, to ensure Indian industries exports grow exponentially“.
Natwarlal Patel, Vice President of CCFI said, “Despite stringent regulations, the Indian manufacturers have sought to ensure that we not only meet the domestic demand but also reduce crop losses to meet the food requirement of the country.”
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