Anti-venom kits distributed to save lives in Andhra Pradesh

8/29/2014

18 anti-venom kits across the state helped save 20 farmers’ lives so far

Andhra Pradesh, 29 August 2014: Monsanto India Human Rights team has been operating a unique snake anti-venom program since 2008. The company identified snake bites as one of the major field hazards in seed production locations, and rolled out this robust anti-venom program which is spread across the four Indian States of Andhra Pradesh, Maharashtra, Karnataka and Gujarat, and has saved over 55 lives till now. In the state of Andhra Pradesh alone, 18 kits have been distributed which have, till date, saved 20 precious lives.

As mentioned by Mella Radha Madhav, Human Rights Lead, Monsanto, “We (Monsanto India) observed that despite snakebites being such a huge problem, the rural community in India is generally not aware of right medical-aid for snake-bites. In the absence of the right knowledge and resources, they end up approaching local doctors who may not have the requisite basic facilities immediately. Our program involves a systematic approach of identification of snake infested areas, making the anti-venom kits available with government and private physicians who were earlier not fully equipped to handle such cases and most importantly educating the community on this program”.

In Andhra Pradesh, a total of 18 kits have been distributed across districts including Nandyal, Eluru, Sathupalli, Rajamundhry, among others. These kits have been placed under the custody of either Monsanto local offices, farmers, medical shops or hospitals, depending upon the setup of the village and the best available option, for easiest accessibility. This program has helped save 20 lives in the state so far including nine in Rajamundry, three in Sathupalli, and two each in Eluru, Nandyal, B Kotha Kota and Giddalur.

This Anti-Venom program by Monsanto India has not only saved many lives in rural and remote locations which is of immense value, but also created awareness in the communities on such field hazards and set new safety standards in the society. The program has gained momentum in the past years bringing a robust system change in the communities where the company operates by saving precious human lives.

About Monsanto India

Monsanto India is focused on improving lives by enabling farmers to produce more and conserve more through its innovative high-yielding DeKalb corn, Seminis vegetables and Paras cotton seeds;  in-the-seed insect protection Bollgard Bt cotton biotechnologies;  on-ground farmer extension and mobile-based farmer AgVisory® services offering customized crop management recommendations from sowing to harvest to 800,000+ farmers; Public Private Partnerships (PPPs) with six State Governments (Rajasthan, Uttar Pradesh, Jammu & Kashmir, Madhya Pradesh, Jharkhand, Orissa, Andhra Pradesh) through better inputs, improved agronomic practices, and user industry market linkages.  Monsanto India is ranked 18 in Great Place To Work – Overall; and India’s #4 Great Place To Work in Companies with Below 1,000 Employees in the recent years; and in nine out of the last ten years, Monsanto was ranked among India’s Best Employers, and Great Places To Work in India.

 

For further details, please contact

Ruchi Sharma

Monsanto India

ruchi.sharma@monsanto.com; +91 84510 00165

 

Anuj Gupta

Edelman India

anuj.gupta@edelman.com; +91 99711 08836