Tuesday, September 9, 2008

Leadership for Pesticide Safety

Dr. Upasana Singh, pictured above, is the Project Coordinator of the Krishi Vigyan Kendra at Tepla in the Ambala district of Haryana. She is not as stern as she appears in the photograph. However, a camera cannot lie. I captured this rare image as one of her colleagues spoke about pesticide safety.

The Krishi Vigyan Kendras of India are effective agents of change for rural communities. All countries can adopt this system for their benefits. A Krishi Vigyan Kendra brings extension personnel, agricultural technologists, farmers, and agricultural laborers together on a single platform. Superlative management skills ensure rapid and faithful transfer of cutting-edge technologies from laboratories to lands.

No Indian can deny that Haryana is at the vanguard of our national progress. It is not just a verdant land by title, but in reality as well. The Krishi Vigyan Kendra at Tepla in Ambala district of Haryana is, in the words of Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru, one of my temples of modern India.

I commit myself to the cause of pesticide safety under the aegis of this magnificent institution. Please join me and help in this endeavor to ensure safe and judicious use of pesticides.

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