September 13, 2022

The precision agriculture sector must accelerate the ecological balance: Dr Trilochan Mohapatra Former CEO, ICAR

New Delhi [India]September 13 (ANI/NewsSee): Precision agriculture and the use of technology in the agricultural sector must be accelerated as they would contribute both to achieving reasonable growth and maintaining ecological balance said Dr. Trilochan Mohapatra, former Director General, Indian Council of Agricultural Research (ICAR).

Speaking at the Annual General Meeting (AGM) of Chemical Industry Platform for Crop Protection ACFI held in New Delhi, Dr Mohapatra said: “To avoid the ship-to-mouth from the 1950s-60s, it is essential to improve our agricultural production at a faster rate than growth in demand due to the continuous increase in population. The use of technology and precision farming practices would help us improve production on the one hand and maintain the ecological balance. Amid growing environmental concerns, sustainable practices are the need of the hour and technology will play a key role in that. »

Dr. Mohapatra also asked the Agrochemical Federation to work to sensitize farmers to buy the proper and genuine agricultural inputs with GST invoices and also how and when to use agrochemicals.

Alluding to the role of crop protection chemicals in sustainable agriculture, Dr Ashok Dalwai, CEO of the National Rainfed Area Authority, said: “In India, the use of pesticides is too low compared to other developed countries. Our country needs the latest molecules with greater efficiency for sustainable agriculture. To achieve this, the industry and agricultural sectors need to adopt an integrated approach. Since it is difficult for anyone to achieve the goal alone, the industry should seek to partner with like-minded industries to create synergies. .”

Also present on the occasion, Salil Singhal, Chairman Emeritus of PI Industry, said: “The negative perception of pesticides has spread wrongly, without any logic or scientific basis. Together, we must correct this perception.

Dr. SK Malhotra, Director of DKMA, also expressed similar views and argued that agrochemicals are essential agricultural inputs for sustainable agriculture in India.

Earlier, setting the tone for the AGM, Dr Kalyan Goswami, DG, ACFI said, “We reiterated our commitment to society to promote the safe and judicious use of crop protection chemicals and to work towards the sustainability of Indian agriculture.

ACFI President Parikshit Mundhra reiterated that “ACFI does its best to provide crop protection chemicals at affordable prices and simultaneously works to sensitize farmers on the need to adopt crop protection products. quality and the benefits they can bring. The Jago Kisan Jago campaign is one such initiative.”

Agro Chem Federation of India (ACFI) is an industry body representing manufacturers/importers of technical pesticides and pesticide formulation at PAN India. ACFI has partnered with many academic institutions, farmers’ associations, associated governmental and non-governmental organizations, etc. We work in the interest of farmers by educating them about plant protection chemicals (pesticides) for higher yields and better quality of agricultural produce from various crops, involving the right dose, timely application methodology and appropriate and the use of PPE.

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