Chandigarh, Aug 29 (UNI) Markfed today signed three Memoranda of Understanding with world's leading agri-business company, Syngenta, for launching a 'productivity enhancement' campaign in Punjab.
The MOUs were signed by Markfed Managing Director G S Grewal on behalf of Markfed and Mr Parkash Apte, Managing Director, Syngenta-India. Mr John Atkins, World Head, Syngenta-Switzerland and Mr Andrew Guthrie, Head Asian Countries, Singapore, had especially come to Chandigarh for signing of the MOUs.
The Markfed in collaboration with Syngenta will begin the campaign initially in five districts of Ropar, Fatehgarh Sahib, Nawanshahar, Hoshiarpur and part of Jalandhar where two clusters of ten villages each will be identified for educating the farmers for the purpose.
Each member farmer of the cooperative society will be contacted by the team of Markfed and Syngenta officials alongwith agricultural experts to disseminate the technical information.
The Markfed and Syngenta will jointly open 3 farmers training centres at Gidderbaha, Rajpura and Jalandhar to supply the requisite fertilizers, best quality agro chemicals, ISI mark cattlefeed besides imparting training to the farmers.
In order to push per acre yield of all crops in general and wheat, paddy and cotton in particular, the Markfed and cooperative societies have been asked to lead a campaign for the benefit of Punjab farmers.
Emphasizing the need to provide proper training and educate the farmers for judicious, safe and efficient use of pesticides, Punjab Cooperation Minister Capt. Kanwaljit Singh underlined the need to evolve eco-friendly plant protection system as due to extensive use of pesticides the soil quality had already been degraded resulting in continuous decline in production.
He asked the Syngenta management to ensure the availability of quality agri inputs on affordable prices to the Punjab farmers to rejuvenate their sagging economy.
Capt Kanwaljit Singh said that Markfed had been playing a laudable role in distribution of fertilizers to the farmers through cooperative societies as during the last two years, the share of fertilizer distribution through Cooperatives had increased from 35% to 60% in the overall fertilizers market in the state.
UNI VKJ MMS1930