Life of a farmer saved with timely anti-venom dose

8/28/2014

Idar, Gujarat, 28 August 2014: Bariya Ramesh Bhai Dhoriya Bhai, a commercial grower of cotton and ground nut from Badoli village in Idar, was spraying in the field around 10.30 AM last Thursday when he was bitten by a snake on his right leg. Ramesh quickly got in touch with a doctor in his area. The doctor, Dr. P.D Patel was aware about an anti-venom kit being provided by Monsanto India team across hospitals. He quickly got in touch with one of the representatives of the company who immediately arranged for the kit within few minutes. The doctor immediately administered the dosage and saved Ramesh’s life.

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 a robust anti-venom program which is spread across the four Indian States of Gujarat, Maharashtra, Andhra Pradesh and Karnataka and has saved over 55 lives till now.

As mentioned by M R Madhav, Human Rights Lead, Monsanto, “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 Gujarat, a total of six kits have been distributed across Bodeli and Idar. This program has helped save 11 lives in the state so far.

The anti-venom kit which costs Rs 8000/- has six injections. Based on the severity of bite, the patient may require anywhere between 2-20 injections. This kit is distributed free of cost to hospitals and medical care centres in the areas and administered free of cost to snake-bite victims.

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, Maharashtra) 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