I was born & brought up in small farmer family near Shirdi, Maharashtra. I spent most of my childhood holidays helping my parents in the cultivation of sugarcane and vegetables like tomato, cabbage, cauliflower etc. As a kid, I was always interested in pursuing a career in agriculture and so my parents enrolled me for a Bachelors of Agricultural Sciences from Dr. BSKKV, Dapoli. Following that, I completed my post-graduation in Agribusiness Management.
This was the turning point of my life. I never quite imagined that a small-town farmer’s son like me would be fortunate enough to be sitting in one of the most prestigious colleges in the country.
While in college, a very interesting case study caught my attention; cotton farming. This initiated my dream of working with Monsanto to help farmers in fulfilling their dreams. Unfortunately, I was devoid of this opportunity during campus placements.
I started my career in another company that worked with cotton farmers in Jalgaon. During this period of time, I was exposed to a lot of farmers and their families. I worked closely with them hence having an understanding of their daily woes. Eventually, I got an opportunity to work with Monsanto in Jalna district, which would be the inception of my bright career ahead.
Since day one of joining Monsanto, I helped and guided several cotton farmers by enabling them to produce more with minimum input. One particular instance which was a moment of pride for me was when one of the farmers thanked us for the Monsanto hybrid technology that facilitated his daughter’s marriage. I felt like I’m fulfilling a farmer’s dream, to fulfill my dream of helping them.
Monsanto is not only providing our farmers with best of the class technology but is also changing the history of cotton farming in India. I feel truly proud and honored to be part of the Monsanto family so as to fulfill their core values of producing more, conserving more and improving farmers’ lives.
Amol Dagadu Bangal
TM – Jalna