By Lena Johansson
The Indian guild is the newest IFAJ member. During the Congress delegate assembly members voted in favor of the guild joining the organization.
India has a long tradition of freedom of press and democracy. The country is the world’s largest producer of milk, and the second largest producer of wheat and rice. India’s arable land area is a total of 159.7 hectares, which makes it the second largest country in the world, after the United States.
Journalist Sayani Surender currently leads the Indian guild, Kisantalkies, and said it’s important for the guild to join IFAJ because, ”India has always had its share of good agricultural journalists. But most of their work is confined due to regional language. So I, along with some of my journalist friends, started the national guild Kisantalkies. As we were still in the initial stage of forming the federation we got to know IFAJ, which was well organized and doing great work. Because of this, we decided that we wanted to be a part of the IFAJ..
The Kisantalkies organization currently has about 50 agri journalists members.
Surender said, ”India is just catching up with technological upgrades and other mechanizations in agriculture. So contacts with other countries can lead to exchange of ideas, technology and innovation. Farm journalism is more organized abroad and this can help India in implementing some of our global colleague’s ideas for Indian agri journalism and take it to the next level which can benefit the farming community.”
He also mentioned, ”We are happy and thank IFAJ for voting India to be a part of the federation.”