1. Farm Mechanization

Dhanuka Agritech working towards doubling farmers’ income through latest technologies

Chander Mohan
Chander Mohan

Dhanuka Agritech Ltd., India’s leading agrochemical company, is working towards strengthening its already considerable presence in Maharashtra. With similar thought, the company organized mega farmers meet today in presence of Nitin Gadkari, Hon’ble Minister for Road, Transport & Highways, Shipping and Water Resources, River Development and Ganga along with Shri Surya Pratap Sahi, agriculture minister, Uttar Pradesh in the region where they discussed the ways of doubling farmers’ income. Dhanuka Agritech achieved 10 percent sales growth from the region in first half of this year and aims to increase it to 20 percent by end of 2018-19.     

Around 3,000 farmers from different parts of Maharashtra attended the farmers meet and gathered valuable inputs on modern techniques of farming and use of pesticides. A discussion session was organized, in presence of eminent guests Sri Nitin Gadkari, Hon’ble Minister for Road, Transport & Highways, Shipping and Water Resources, River Development and Ganga and Shri Surya Pratap Sahi, agriculture minister , Uttar Pradesh on ways of increasing sugarcane production per acre and controlling ‘motha’, the most difficult weed for sugarcane in the region. During this session the company also explained farmers the right use of pesticide and how effective is Sempra for motha weed.  

Sri Nitin Gadkari stressed on use of new technology in agriculture for doubling farmer’s income and shared that the condition of farmer's has improved in vidharv area due to central and state government initiatives. He further added that sugarcane farmers of vidharv area are the pillar of Maharashtra agriculture and thanked Dhanuka Agritech for continuously working towards doubling farmers’ income by providing latest technologies. 

Maharashtra is amongst the top five markets of Dhanuka and its flagship product Sempra is already a leading product in the state. It has been a gamechanger for sugarcane farmers in the state and is playing stellar rile in the Prime Minister’s aim to double farmers’ income by 2022. Other well-known products of Dhanuka like Conika, Lustre, Sakura, Maxx-Soy, Targa Supar are helping other crop in the region. Farmers improve quality and higher yield. The company has other product ranges like mortar, Godiwa Super, and many more, that are well-known in the Maharashtra region. 

RG Agarwal, Group Chairman, - Dhanuka Agritech Ltd. Commented that “Agriculture is the largest livelihood provider in India as over 58 percent of the rural households are dependent on this sector. Our main ambition is to educate farmers on ways of doubling their income by providing better farming solutions. Currently, agriculture industry contributes 18.1 percent  in GDP of India, however, the effect of climate change play a big role in the sector. The gradual increment of water shortage is turning agriculture into a costly affair. Dhanuka is also educating and spreading awareness on water conservation through its flagship campaign “Khet ka pani khet mein aur gaon ka pani gaon mein”.We are pleased that farmers have responded encouragingly to our products and initiatives in the past few years.  

During the event, Dhanuka Agritech Limited, under their vision of transforming India through Agriculture, also highlighted their approach DKKNT (Dhanuka Kheti Ki Nai Takneek), which is focused on providing end-to-end farming solutions through training and educating farmers. Under this approach, the company aims to minimize crop losses and improve yield with a focus on implementation processes such as soil test for maintaining soil health, crop insurance, use of hybrid seeds, judicious use of agrochemicals, saving water etc. 

M. Rawal, adviser, Dhanuka Agritech presented some key facts about the agriculture production in the country. India is the largest producer of spices and spice products and the second largest fruit & vegetable producer in the world. It is ranked second in farm and agricultural outputs. However, the Government has shared that about 10-30 percent crop losses in India is caused by insect, pests and diseases. A recent report by Tata Institute mentioned that 35-40 percent pesticides available in markets are spurious / sub-standard / fake/duplicate. Dhanuka Agritech is also trying to educate farmers about the products available for their crops and make them aware about the Spurious/sub-standard/fake/duplicate products.  

Dhanuka Agritech is among top five agrochemical companies in India in brand sales. It has undertaken several initiatives towards achieving Hon’ble PM Narendra Modi’s vision of doubling farmers’ income by 2022. The company also plans to announce the winners of the first edition of the Dhanuka Innovative Agriculture Award (DIAA), an initiative to honour outstanding achievements in farming. It had announced this award in beginning of this year under various categories with an aim to recognize and encourage innovative farming techniques adopted/practiced across India. 

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