30 December 2022, New Delhi: The Louis Dreyfus Company (LDC) has launched ‘Project Jagruti Abhiyaan’ across India to train and support local cotton farmers while empowering smallholder farming communities around the world.
Recently Louis Dreyfus Company organized an effective meet and field visit to train progressive cotton farmers in the village Dhamera, Hanumakonda district of Hyderabad in Telangana. Cotton Platform Head of LDC, Mr. Sumeet Mittal, and Senior Manager Research Mr. Gangadhara S were present at the meeting.
Farmers in Telangana have been cultivating cotton for 15 to 20 years and are getting 8 to 10 quintals per acre.
About the project
Project Jagruti was launched in late 2021 in response to an outbreak of pink bollworm and the limited knowledge of farmers on pest management because of which farmers suffered huge losses. There was a potential to increase yield by 3-5 quintals per acre by effectively managing cotton pests.
At the start of 2022, the Louis Dreyfus Company (LDC) started to train and support local cotton farmers in adopting more sustainable agricultural practices, as part of their commitment to empowering farming communities of smallholder farmers in India.
A series of educational workshops were organized under the project. During the workshops, specific methods were demonstrated along with technical advice from experts to help reduce yield loss due to pest infestation, thereby increasing production and income.
Through the project, LDC has so far trained over 2,500 farmers in scientific and technical pest control methods and equipped them with over 15,000 pheromone traps.
In September 2022, LDC launches its second series of workshops in southern and central India, aiming to reach a total of over 7,500 farmers across India’s cotton-growing states and plans to distribute 40,000 pheromone traps by the end of the year for effective management of pink bollworm.
Project Jagriti has been successfully implemented in the states of Punjab, Haryana, Gujarat, Maharashtra, Telangana, Andhra Pradesh, and Karnataka so far covering about 7500 hectares.
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