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Bayer and ADM partner for Sustainable Crop Protection Model for soybean farmers
Monday, 27 June, 2022, 11 : 00 AM [IST]
Mumbai
Bayer, a global enterprise with core competencies in the life science fields of healthcare and agriculture, has announced the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) in India with ADM, a global leader in sustainable human and animal nutrition. The partnership will enhance sustainable value offerings to soybean farmers in the Latur, Osmanabad and Beed districts of Maharashtra and expand further to Karnataka, subsequently.

In India, ADM’s principal business is processing of oilseeds into edible oils, animal feeds and feed ingredients and human nutrition ingredients. It has a large network of farmers in the states of Maharashtra and Karnataka, through Krishi Vikas Kendras’ (KVK) network of 50+ crop-development and procurement centres. The centres are staffed by agronomists who offer local farmers training in best agricultural practices, as well as procurement services. ADM’s Sustainability Program creates opportunities for small landholding farmers to get training in socioeconomic and environmental sustainability principles and third-party audits, through the European organization, ProTerra Foundation.

Bayer aims to reach 25,000 soybean farmers in ADM’s network in the first year. During the period, Bayer will provide a specialised schedule of crop management prepared in consultation with ADM and agricultural universities for all the crops in the working area as and when required. It will also develop a crop protection package for all crops of soybean & pulses by providing legally permitted, non-hazardous crop protection chemicals as allowed under sustainable crop production principles.ADM will provide Bayer with details regarding the partner farmers & area of operations. Bayer will follow a Seed to Market approach with the inclusion of sustainability elements such as complete package promotion of seed treatment, pesticides, and agronomic advisory along with Integrated Pest Management (IPM) practices. It will also demonstrate good agricultural practices on demo plots & conduct field visits for extending practical experience to farmers.The MoU will be valid for a period of three years.
 
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