CropLife India re-elects Dr KC Ravi as the Chairman and Anil Kakkar as the Vice Chairman

CropLife India re-elects Dr KC Ravi as the Chairman and Anil Kakkar as the Vice Chairman

New Delhi: CropLife India; the association of leading domestic and multinational R&D-driven crop science companies; has re-elected Dr. KC Ravi, Chief Sustainability Officer, Syngenta India as the Chairman of the Board, 4th year in a row; during the 43rd Annual General Meeting held in New Delhi. Anil Kakkar, Vice President – Sales and Marketing, Sumitomo Chemical India was re-elected as the Vice Chairman, 3rd year in a row. Ankur Aggarwal, Managing Director, Crystal Crop Protection has been elected as the second Vice Chairman of the Board by the members.

With his immense experience, Dr. Ravi would continue to lead the agenda of the crop protection industry in championing innovative technologies that enable farmers to sustainably increase productivity while managing the critical challenges faced by the environment.

On his election, Dr. Ravi, said, “As India emerges as a global food hub, the need for a predictable, stable, and science-based policy and regulatory regime in the crop protection sector is imperative. As the Chairman of CropLife India, our unwavering commitment to working passionately for the betterment of Indian farmers remains unhindered. We are dedicated to providing our farmers with science-based, science-led, and science-bred products to ensure the effective and enduring protection of their crops.”

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Durgesh Chandra, Secretary General, CropLife India said, “CropLife India with the support of the new Board will continue to engage with all the stakeholders for the growth of the agriculture sector and also of the crop protection sector. CropLife also continues to create awareness amongst the farmers for the safe and responsible use of crop protection solutions.”

“The crop protection industry is one of the most important segments of the agriculture sector and contributes significantly to the socio-economic development of the farming community, rural economy and also to the Indian economy. CropLife members are committed to working closely with farmers, the scientific community and policymakers to address current as well as future challenges and work towards bringing the latest and safer innovations for the farmers. However, the cost of research has gone up and it is estimated that the cost of discovery and development of a new active ingredient is around INR 2000 crores,” CropLife India highlighted about the crop protection industry.

“If Indian agriculture must flourish, be more competitive, quality driven, reducing wastages as well as losses to enable our farmers to be more successful, it is absolutely essential that a progressive policy environment is in place that fosters innovations,” the association added.

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