Since the last few decades, India’s agri-food industry is going through an enormous transformation driven mainly by its impressive economic growth pushing the country’s food demand. The agricultural industry raised to the challenge and made significant progress in terms of becoming self-sufficient in food. As consumers evolve, food safety and quality, of late, have become a very critical issue and a topic for heated debate in several fora not only relating to the food that is exported but for domestic consumption also. The Government, through several initiatives, is actively working to address these issues with a long-term strategic perspective.
Grow Safe Food Campaign
In order to improve sustainable production of adequate amount of safe food, and also strengthen food and nutritional security for the billion-plus population, the Department of Agriculture and Co-cooperation, Government of India, recently launched the “Grow Safe Food” campaign. The nation-wide initiative is aimed at promoting awareness and undertaking capability-building efforts such as training for farmers particularly on food safety and quality issues. As multiple entities are involved in moving food from farm to consumers’ plates, it must be regarded a shared responsibility and every entity in the food chain must fulfill its responsibilities to ensure quality food is available to the consumers at affordable prices.
As an organization working for many decades in the country to promote food security, sustainability and stewardship in agriculture, CropLife India shares the concern and is collaborating in the Grow Safe Food initiative particularly, in providing hands-on training to farmers on good agricultural practices, IPM (integrated pest management), and Responsible Use of chemicals.
With a long history in leading many effective initiatives across the region and globally, CropLife Asia and CropLife International is supporting these efforts through funding and technical expertise.