Olam Agro India’s training programme for sugarcane farmers receive immense response

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Kolhapur: “Farmers meet”, a one-day training programme for sugarcane farmers, organised by Olam Agro India in association with Solidaridad on 28th May, wrapped up its successful event in Rajgoli, Maharashtra with huge participation of attendees and experts from the sugar industry and agriculture sector. The event was inaugurated by Mr. Sanjay Sacheti, Country head-Olam, and Mr. Bharat Kundal, Business Head-sugar-India.

It was organized with an intention to educate cane growers under sugarcane development programme about vital issues, which they need to adhere to produce good sugarcane.

The guests on the event discussed an overview of farm productivity, soil health, sustainable agriculture practices, and opportunities as well as threats involved in sugarcane farming. They also shed lights on how farmers can improve their performance in farming and how sustainability can be achieved.

Speakers mostly focused on how a good amount of sugarcane can be produced with the latest technology and new methods.

Various other important topics discussed during the programme were Drip irrigation management, Sugarcane Pest and Disease Control, Food and liquid management.

Cane growers from the sugar mill’s jurisdiction expressed satisfaction and said that they are too lucky to be a part of this sugar mill.

One farmer while speaking at a programme said, “It is known the fact that sugarcane farmers in Maharashtra are struggling to get their Fair and remunerative price (FRP), but we are too lucky that Olam never delayed our FRP payment and paid us on time with better price. Olam’s Mr. Bharat Kundal is always there to assist us during our distress. He being a business head always available for us is commendable.”

Mr, Sanjay Sacheti, addressing the farmers, said, “We have yet not reached our goal. We have to find ways on how the production and profit of cane farmers can be increased. We are very clear that if the monetary benefit of sugarcane farmers cannot be maximised, then the sugar industry will not be successful. We have to work on how sugarcane production should reach up to 100 tonnes per hectare. The government can support us only up to some extent, but at the end of the day it is only on us on how by producing more, we increase our profit.”

Bharat Kundal, speaking to ChiniMandi.com, said, “The kind of support and trust sugarcane farmers showers on Olam, if this keeps continuing then in upcoming days we will crush 10 lakh tonnes sugarcane. We are providing them with training about the latest technology they need to adapt to produce good sugarcane production. We are always there to assist sugarcane farmers in any form.”

The stalwarts of the industry attended this programme. The following guests attended the programme are:
Mr. Vinod Ranavare (Tehsildar, Chandgad)
Mr. Gyandev Vakure (District Agriculture Officer, Kolhapur)
Dr. RP Singh (Sugarcane Consultant, IFC)
Mr. Shivprasad Yadav (Police Inspector, Chandgad)
Mr. Mohammad Dilshah (Project Manager, Solidaridad)
Mr. Kiran Patil (Taluka Agricultural Officer, Chandgad)

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