01 September 2022, Maharashtra: FMC India today launched the third year of its safety awareness and stewardship campaign on pesticide use for the farming community in Akola district of Maharashtra. The campaign is in partnership with the Agriculture Department of Maharashtra.
This year’s campaign is on an initiative which FMC India started in Akola in 2020, to promote the adoption of safe agricultural practices aimed at preventing accidental cases of poisoning amongst the farming community.
Elaborating on the awareness campaign, Mr. Ravi Annavarapu, President, FMC India, said, “FMC is heavily invested in the welfare of the farming community in India. As such, we have been training farmers on safe and sustainable agricultural practices over many years. Our campaign in 2021 reached 7,500 farmers in the different villages throughout Akola, and we firmly believe that this year’s campaign will scale up to new levels and reach an even widerfarmer community to improve their awareness and knowledge.”
As part of the campaign, FMC India collaborates with the government’s agriculture department, health department and Krishi Vigyan Kendra (agricultural extension centers in India) to organize farmer meetings and education sessions about the proper usage of pesticides in different crop seasons and crop varieties. Mobile vans are mobilised on a mass scale to ensure education sessions are offered to a large number of villages and farmers throughout Akola.
This year’s campaign was launched in the presence of honorable guests including Akola District CEO Saurabh Katiyar, Akola District Zila Parishad President Pratibhatai Bhojane, Additional CEO Dr. Saurabh Pawar, Akola District Superintendent of Agriculture Mr. Aaarif Shah, former Zila Parishad President Mrs. Pushpatai Ingale, Akola District Agriculture Development Officer Mr. Muralidhar Ingale, District Quality Controller Milind Janjal, alongwith FMC India’s Area Marketing Manager Mr. Hiraman Mandal.
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