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Lay’s unveils customised ‘My Stamp’ honouring women farmers

The releasing ceremony, held at the PepsiCo India office in Gurgaon, was attended by representatives from both PepsiCo India and Department of Posts

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From Left to Right: Amit Nanchahal, Head - Corporate Communications PepsiCo India, Rinkesh Satija, Sr. Director & Supply Chain Head, PepsiCo India, Ashok Kumar, Post Master General, Operations, Dak Bhawan, Manju Kumar, Chief Post Master General, Delhi Circle, Dak Bhawan, Anshul Khanna, Vice President and Foods Category Head - India and South Asia, PepsiCo, Saumya Rathor, Category Lead – Potato Chips, PepsiCo India

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Delhi: PepsiCo India, through its Lay's brand, has taken a step forward with an endeavour in collaboration with the Department of Posts, Government of India: releasing customised My Stamp commemorating the heart of Indian agriculture – women farmers.

 

The releasing ceremony, held at the PepsiCo India office in Gurgaon, was attended by representatives from both PepsiCo India and Department of Posts.

This launch extends Project Farm Equal, a multifaceted program spearheaded by PepsiCo India and USAID through the Global Development Alliance Project (GDA).

The set of 12 My Stamp features an illustration of a woman farmer, clad in a yellow saree, holding a basket overflowing with freshly harvested potatoes. This image is a representation of the women working in Lay's potato fields, and a symbol of their dedication and sacrifice.

Manju Kumar, Chief Postmaster General, Delhi Circle, said, "Postal stamps have always held a unique cultural significance, capturing and conveying stories that resonate with our heritage and values. Despite the digital age, stamps remain a powerful medium for storytelling. The stamp released by Lay's and Department of Posts beautifully bring to life the contribution of women farmers, showcasing their invaluable role in Indian agriculture. Lay's has done a commendable job in highlighting these often-overlooked heroes through such an aesthetically pleasing design. We are confident that stamp collectors across India will be eager to acquire these stamps, and they will inspire many to send letters again."

 

Sharing her thoughts on the stamps, Saumya Rathor, Category Lead - Potato Chips, PepsiCo India, said, “Stamps have globally been a symbol of honour which immortalise people, moments, and movements of great cultural value. The launch of the stamps as a part of our continued vision with Project Farm Equal, marks a momentous milestone in our journey to empower and educate women farmers, equipping them with the knowledge and tools to succeed. By championing women in agriculture through this initiative, Lay’s is not only recognising their contributions but also spearheading a pivotal movement that places women at the forefront of the agricultural landscape.”

Veena Reddy, Mission Director, U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), in India, said, “Although women represent more than 40 percent of the global agriculture workforce, women face unequal access to training, technology, finance, and land. Understanding this gender divide, USAID and PepsiCo are expanding the range of roles that women can fill, reducing gender disparities, and increasing women’s access to training opportunities, as well as improved working conditions.”

Anukool Joshi, Director Agro at PepsiCo India, added, “I am immensely proud to witness the profound impact of our Farm Equal initiative. One aspect that particularly resonates with me is the pivotal role played by women farmers, whose inclusion has brought a fresh perspective to our practices. Their rigor and discipline in implementing critical agricultural methods ensure the safeguarding of yields and the flourishing of crops to their full potential.  This gesture of launching customised My Stamp issued by Department of Posts, celebrates and honours their tireless efforts.”

Rajan Devi, a farmer at Lay’s potato field in Aligarh, expressed, “I am overwhelmed with gratitude to Lay's for recognising our hard work and dedication. To have our own postal stamp really fills our hearts with joy and pride. Being featured on a stamp is a moment of great joy for our entire community and a reminder that our efforts are valued.” (translated to English)

Starting June 15, these stamps are available to the public at the e-post office. 

 

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