TAD NewsDesk, HYDERABAD: Corteva Agriscience has collaborated with local government entities and various non-profit organizations across India in accordance with its Corporate Social Responsibility. Corteva aims to better the prospects of the health and safety of farmers amidst the pandemic.
The global American agricultural chemical and seed company is the largest stand-alone agricultural organization in the world. Partnering with government agricultural organizations like PRADAN, Sewa Bharati and CHD Group, Corteva strives to provide monetary aid to cultivators during these stressful times.
To accomplish its CSR goal, Corteva strives to mass-produce and dispense more than 16 lakh Private Protective Equipment (PPE) kits among farmers. The PPE manufacturing units were set up in districts of Jharkhand and Bihar, generating temporary employment for farmers, especially women.
Dr Aruna Rachakonda, Marketing Director, Corteva Agriscience, South Asia claimed,
“We’re committed to enriching the lives of these who produce. Our long-term goal is to enhance farmers’ livelihoods and operations while conserving resources and sustaining the land. As these farmers weren’t ready to exit to tend to their fields, demand and provide frameworks were being challenged. Our initiative was targeted to assist smallholder farmers and migrant workers resume work while staying safe.”
To further alleviate the financial burden of farmers, the company also pledged to provide two square meals every day for two months. 145,000 kg of food along with hygiene products were distributed as a part of the survival kits for the farmers and migrant workers in these areas. The company’s CSR team is also working vigorously with local government bodies to manage quarantine facilities successfully. Assistance is also being provided to medical facilities at 15 state-run quarantine centres.
Corteva’s volunteers have been assigned the responsibility of supervising the sanitation and transportation of farm yields till market yard. They have taken charge of leading health monitoring initiatives in seed and research farms through public health outbreak surveillance methodology.
Further, Corteva has been using district-level WhatsApp groups to disseminate information among the farmers and workers multiple districts to keep them updated with recent developments. The participants of these chat groups receive the latest news regarding lockdown guidelines, special transport arrangements and government care package distribution. The revolutionary schemes envisioned by Corteva are expected to benefit over 200,000 cultivators, spread across 220 villages.