Agrimatco of Amman, Jordan, is one of 13 agricultural companies chosen as Regional winners of the 2015 Environmental Respect awards. Winners were selected in April during a teleconference selection event involving global environmental and agricultural experts. Regions include North America, Asia Pacific, Latin America and Europe/Middle East/Africa.
Agrimatco will also be conferred the title of Ambassador of Respect – Europe/Middle East/Africa at a special ceremony in July.
The Environmental Respect Awards, sponsored by DuPont Crop Protection, CropLife® magazine and Farm Chemicals International® magazine, honor outstanding environmental stewardship among those who supply farmers with inputs crucial to safe and effective crop production around the world. These winners exemplify environmental care in areas of security, risk management, product handling and use, worker safety, and education and outreach to their communities.
2015 marks the program’s 25th year honoring stewardship, safety and community outreach efforts of the world’s leading agricultural retailers and distributors.
“Today the movement for sustainable agriculture is garnering increasing support and acceptance within mainstream agriculture,” says Mohamed Miqdadi, COO of Agrimatco. “Not only does sustainable agriculture address many environmental and social concerns, it also offers innovative and economically viable opportunities for both growers and consumers.”
Agrimatco won the award based on excellence in site design, in-plant storage and handling procedures, proper application and leadership in safety and stewardship among customers and employees. The company has taken many extra steps to ensure the environmental impact of their business is minimal, including: 1) continuous training and interaction with farmers through technical seminars and publications training them on the effective and safe use of chemicals, 2) a robust anti-counterfeit program to reduce the use of illegal chemicals, and 3) a lighted, locked warehouse with security guards and access limited to trained personnel only.
Each regional winner will receive a personalized, distinctive Environmental Respect Award crystal trophy and a public relations campaign.
“DuPont is pleased to congratulate the winners of the 2015 Environmental Respect Awards and applauds their accomplishment in environmental stewardship,” said Rik Miller, president, DuPont Crop Protection. “These leaders are helping to advance environmental safety as well as the safe use of agricultural products, and we hope they will inspire others who share our passion and commitment to elevate environmental stewardship around the world.”
“It’s through the conscientious efforts of these ag business and the crop producers they serve that this nation is assured of a safe and bountiful food supply,” said Paul Schrimpf, group editor of CropLife magazine. “We’re delighted to be able to gain them some recognition for their environmentalism.”
All Regional winners will receive their trophies and one from each region will be named Ambassador of Respect, at the Hotel du Pont in Wilmington, DE, during a special ceremony in July to honor Ambassadors of Respect and Regional honorees from North America, Asia Pacific, Latin America, and Europe/Middle East/Africa.