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Durgesh C. Sharma Appointed as New Secretary General of CropLife India

Durgesh C Sharma has been appointed as the new secretary general of CropLife India, the leading association of domestic and multinational R&D-driven crop science companies.

Ayushi Sikarwar
Durgesh C. Sharma, New Secretary General of CropLife India
Durgesh C. Sharma, New Secretary General of CropLife India

Durgesh C Sharma will now supervise the organization's strategy, interact with numerous stakeholders, and influence public policy.

Dr. K. C. Ravi, Chairman of CropLife India, commented on the appointment, saying, "The board of directors is enthusiastic about having Durgesh lead CropLife India. Sharma is regarded highly by stakeholders both inside and outside of India for continually exhibiting professionalism, integrity, and dedication to doing what is best for Indian agriculture. Under strong and determined leadership, CropLife India would reach greater heights."

Sharma has over 26 years of expertise administering large-scale multi-stakeholder participatory programs, creative Public Private Partnership projects, and court proceedings and interventions. His specialty is in the food and agribusiness industries.

His previous position was as Director General of an industry organization. He has played a key role in numerous interventions with different Indian government ministries, including the ministries of agriculture and chemicals and fertilizers.

"It is an honour to work for CropLife India and am thrilled to have this chance," said Sharma.

With the government and other stakeholders, CropLife India and its member businesses have always believed in and exhibited a constructive collaboration approach. We would like to keep helping to improve the ecology of collaboration. It is a privilege to work in a sector that is essential to attaining food security in a secure and sustainable way while increasing farmer income, he continued.

For many reputable companies, including Confederation of Indian Industry (CII), PHD Chamber of Commerce and Industry (PHDCCI), Bajaj Hindusthan Ltd., and Chambal Fertilizers and Chemicals Ltd., to name a few, Durgesh has served in leadership and senior advisory capacities. He received his undergraduate and graduate degrees in agriculture from Pantnagar's G B Pant University of Agriculture & Technology and his management degree from Symbiosis in Pune.

About CropLife India:

CropLife India is an association of 16 crop protection R&D-focused member companies dedicated to developing sustainable agriculture. The company collectively accounts for over 70% of the market and 95% of the compounds introduced in the nation. Its member companies invest 6 billion in R&D annually and are devoted to working with the farming community to ensure a safe, secure food supply.

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