The Confederation of Indian Industry (CII) will host its biennial flagship Agri Technology & Business Fair, CII Agro Tech 2014 from 22-25 November, 2014 in Chandigarh. Announced at a Curtain Raiser Press Conference at Worli, Mumbai, CII Agro Tech 2014 is expected to play a critical role in revolutionising the Indian Agri sector in all aspects whether it be technology interventions, water management, productivity, soil testing, farm mechanisation or key policy issues relevant to the entire value chain - from farm to market through a multi-stakeholder approach.
Much in sync with the Modi Government’s thrust on improving agriculture productivity, enhance farmer’s earnings, increase agriculture’s (falling) share in India’s GDP and attaining self-reliance, the Fair would bridge the gap between the farming community, scientists and latest innovations, practices and technologies available both nationally and globally in agriculture and bring them on a common platform for the benefit of the farmers.
CII Agro Tech is the India’s only integrated Agri Fair with a large domestic and international presence, including 36 international exhibitors and 108 domestic exhibitors. Developed around the theme of ‘Building Global Competitiveness in agriculture’, the 11th edition will host 8 concurrent shows including Farm Tech Show, Food Expo, Food Tech, Good Earth, Implementex, Water & Irrigation Management, Livestock Expo, States of India Pavilion, International Pavilion amongst others.
For this edition, Punjab and Haryana are the Host States, while Ministry of Agriculture, Government of India along with Ministry of Food Processing Industries, Government of India are the Partner Ministries. Other partners include Central Institute for Research on Buffaloes; CLFMA of India; Crop Care Federation of India; Fertiliser Association of India; Micronutrients Manufacturers Association; National Seed Association of India; Pesticides Formulators Association of India; and Progressive Dairy Farmers Association.
Announcing the 11th Agro Tech, Dr Pawan Goenka, Chairman, CII Agro Tech 2014 & Executive Director, Mahindra & Mahindra, shared, “Through CII Agro Tech 2014, we aim to showcase the latest technological innovations geared to take Indian agriculture to the next level. It will also focus on policy issues by bringing all key stakeholders - governments, institutes, scientists, associations, farmers and the industry onto a single platform thereby helping in attracting higher investments in agriculture and related sectors.”
“CII Agro Tech will also feature special ‘Kisan Goshthees’, a value added platform for farmers including sessions with scientists and experts to enlighten them with some of the best practices in areas like protected agriculture & precision farming, climate change, water & soil management, use of solar energy for agriculture, organic farming and reducing pesticide usage, Agro processing and marketing, optimum use of Agri inputs, farm mechanization etc.,” he added.
“Agro Tech will play a critical role in the sense that it is immensely pertinent to showcase the best practices being applied in pockets and deploy it in whole of India, if we have to enhance productivity. Further, we need to remove the existing bottlenecks like lack of knowledge on latest irrigation methods, use of fertilizers, soil testing and farm mechanization techniques etc if we have to attain the objective of ‘more crop per drop’ given by our Hon’ble Prime Minister Narendra Modi”, further added Dr Goenka.
Zubin Irani, Chairman, CII Northern Region highlighted that “To place India on the global Agri landscape as a formidable player, it is most important to bring back the focus on farmers and reclaim the slogan of ‘Jai Jawan, Jai Kisan’. With this endeavour, CII Agro Tech 2014, themed as ‘Building Global Competitiveness in Agriculture’ would focus on sustainable agriculture, technologies and innovations to enhance productivity and profitability for various stakeholders in agriculture chain, agri inputs, food processing, farm technology and sharing of best practices for agri-excellence”.
“CII Agro Tech 2014 will be bigger than ever with a larger domestic and international participation. This year, we are confident of having more than 150 exhibitors that will include more than 100 domestic and over 35 international participants. We are expecting a large number of farmer participation from almost all the states of India and overseas, where companies from agricultural states like Punjab, Haryana, Himachal Pradesh, Kerala, Rajasthan, Maharashtra, Gujarat, Andhra Pradesh, Odisha, Madhya Pradesh, Uttar Pradesh, West Bengal, Bihar and Tamil Nadu would showcase their best in Agriculture. We have a lot of participation from Maharashtra. Once the new Government is formed in Maharashtra, we would also discuss with them about Maharashtra Govt’s participation in a big way in CII Agro Tech 2014”, informed Irani.
“Internationally, we will have participation from 11 countries including Germany, Canada, Italy, Israel, South Africa, France, Netherlands, Spain, Russia, Ivory Coast, Poland etc., showcasing their latest technologies - which will also provide excellent networking opportunities for the participants. This will enable fair sharing of farming techniques and know-how, along with agricultural best practices that will enable greater progress in the agro sector. We are also expecting farmers and scientists’ delegation from Bangladesh, China, Canada, Pakistan, Nepal and New Zealand. With buoyant national and international participation the event is now established as the perfect platform for the exchange of ideas, knowledge, business networking and human synergy all geared towards the betterment of Indian agricultural industry”, highlighted the Chairman.
Sharing CII’s agenda on Indian Agriculture, Gokul Patnaik, Co Chairman, CII Agro Tech 2014 Conferences & Chairman, Global AgriSystems shared that, “To take the Indian agriculture to the next level of growth and development, CII is working on key policy issues relevant to the entire value chain (from farm to market) through a multi-stakeholder approach. CII believes that focus on technology and partnerships are the key enablers to ensure accelerated & inclusive growth of Indian agriculture. CII is working closely with the central government and state governments and has worked out an agenda for accelerated agriculture performance. CII’s reform agenda for agriculture covers whole gamut of activities from marketing, mechanization, fertilizer & pesticides, biotechnology to food grain management".
"CII is strongly advocating for implementation of the Model Act in its true spirit and rationalize market related fee, taxes and commission fee and reduction of chain of intermediaries. These will help in improving the participation of private players in agri marketing and help in enhancing the efficiency gains for the buyers and sellers. Encouraging PPP in storage and private participation in warehousing, investments in Silo storage and simplification & reduction in number of licenses required for movement of grain across states along with use of technology will facilitate in better food grain management", added Patnaik.
“CII Agro Tech will also feature international conferences to dwell and share the best practices on topics like horticulture value chain, animal husbandry, innovations in agriculture, world view on India as food basket and food processing, storage and distribution etc.,” further informed Patnaik.