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ActImpact Foundation’s partner NSFI conducts its 5th edition of Global Agri Connect 2016 at New Delhi on 14th October

Mr. Siraj Choudhary, Chairman Cargill India inaugurated the 5th edition of Global Agri Connect 2016 conference in Hyatt Regency, New Delhi today. The conference aims to bring together the stakeholders of Indian Agriculture “to deliberate on various dimensions of ‘Development’ and ‘Adoption’ of technologies and innovations with respect to their relevance, frugality, challenges faced, agriculture and fiscal policy frameworks. The senior representatives from ICAR, IARI, Technology innovators, start-ups, scientists, multilateral agencies, CSR Bodies and companies are participating in the conference organized by National Skills Foundation of India (NSFI). Inaugurating the daylong conference, Mr. Siraj Choudhary, Chief Guest Highlighted “armed forces and agriculture sectors are the two sectors facing similar challenges – attracting new talent”. He further Stressed, “agriculture is tripartite partnership between good government, private institution and farmer”.

With the centrality of agriculture incomes’ bearing on agriculture growth and food security, it is imperative that the conference deliberates on what innovations and technologies can drive today’s Indian agriculture to growth and doubling the farm incomes as envisioned.

Technology has been a predominant driver of agriculture growth across the world. Even today, it is widely held understanding that ‘Technology’ is the principal way of facing the challenges of nutrition and food security. Dr Sai Krishna, CEO, NSFI said “the nature of technology use in Indian agriculture has evolved from being ‘production technology’ during green revolution to technologies and innovations used in ‘resource use efficiencies viz., precision agriculture, mechanization’, ‘extension / technology transfer viz., ICT & Telecom’. The technologies/ innovations cannot just be restricted to the domain of the farmers but also on various segments of ‘farm to fork’ such as supply chain efficiencies”.

In the back drop of depleting natural resources the principle life line of agriculture, there is an increasing necessity to innovate the way the limited resources are utilized using technologies. Further, changing dietary patterns and integration in international markets, competition is now intense to reach the consumer in time with the best quality. This needs ‘intelligent farming’ and ‘precision in quality and resource use parameters. Thus, precision agriculture has come to stay and is the only means of keeping up with the depleting resources and increasing consumer demand specifications.

The silver lining in this era of transforming agricultural practices can be seen with integration of technology enabler i.e Information and (Tele) Communication Technologies. This has brought revolutionary changes in the way commodities are traded by farmers and by business houses, agriculture finance is accessed, supply chains are integrated with production and consumption; and various other domains opening doors of opportunities for agri-entrepreneurship and agribusiness. This has also led to inclusive growth in Indian agriculture providing distant information and access to every farmer. The centrality of the contributions for technologies and innovations in agriculture is their contribution to increase the income of the farmers to ensure food security of the country and livelihood security of an average Indian farmer.