April 11, 2018

Educating agri-students on safe use of agrochemicals:

Gujarat student to represent India at Bayer Safe Use Ambassador Program

Darshankumar Patel is from B.A.College of Agriculture, Anand Agricultural University in Gujarat / He was selected for his unique ideas on “Use of Safety Kit by Indian Farmers: Issues & Way forward” / Bayer’s Safe Use Ambassador Program aims to sensitise agriculture students on the safe use of agrochemicals and enable them to transfer knowledge to farmers

Gujarat, April 6, 2018 – Darshankumar Patel, a student from B.A.College of Agriculture, Anand Agricultural University (AAU) in Gujarat has been selected as a “Bayer Safe Use Ambassador” for 2017. Darshan, a 7th Semester student of the Rural Agriculture Work Experience (RAWE) program, was selected for his unique ideas and suggestions on “Use of Safety Kit by Indian Farmers: Issues and Way forward.”

Darshan will participate in Bayer’s “Safe Use Ambassador” educational workshop to be held from May 14 to 18, 2018 in Germany. He will be accompanied by one student each from Indonesia, Malaysia, Pakistan and Vietnam, who will join him to learn more about responsible use of crop protection products. Besides the workshop, the itinerary will include a visit to the Bayer R&D facilities and interactions with Bayer experts and scientists.

Speaking about the Bayer Safe Use Ambassador programme, Dr.N.C.Patel, Honorable Vice-Chancellor of AAU, appreciated Bayer’s initiative to educate agri-students on the safe use of agrochemicals. He also thanked AAU’s Departments of Agricultural Entomology and Agricultural Extension, for their support in encouraging students to transfer their knowledge into practical use by farmers on the field.

To be selected, students of the RAWE program had to promote the importance of safe use of crop protection products and demonstrate the use of personal protection equipment, during the village attachment phase of their semester. They had to upload their day to day activities in the form of reports, videos / photos on the Bayer website. Based on their submissions, faculty members of AAU’s Department of Entomology and Bayer officials guided students further. After a detailed screening process, Darshan was selected as the “Bayer Safe Use Ambassador” from India.

AAU is the first Indian State Agriculture University in Gujarat and Bayer is proud to collaborate with students and the teaching faculty at AAU. The Bayer Safe Use Ambassador program also supports the student READY programme endorsed by the Government of India.

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