Smart agriculture discussed at '4th National Conference on Agribiotech'

Intense deliberations on transformation of agriculture through biotechnology and the challenges that come with it, were witnessed at the event held by the Confederation of Indian Industries at New Delhi.

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Dignitaries including Mr Mohanbhai Kundariya, union minister of state for agriculture (middle) share dais at the '4th National Conference on Agribiotech' at New Delhi

With highly relevant sessions on the present scenario of agriculture in India, the '4th National Conference on Agribiotechnology' was loaded with equally fruitful discussions and cross talk on important subjects related to agriculture technology, policy implementation and challenges. The event held at New Delhi on November 25-26 was well appreciated by concerend stakeholders of the Indian agriculture sector.

Mr Mohanbhai Kundariya, Union Minister of state (agriculture) who interacted with the industry leaders in his inaugural address assured them of all help. He mentioned, "Our Government under the leadership of our Prime Minister, Narendra Modi is committed to working with industry leaders to bring about a revolution in the agricultural sector in India. We will discuss the various issues and challenges around agriculture, agri-biotechnology and other related areas raised during today's conference and come up with measures to provide an impetus to the sector."

Stressing on the importance of producing more from the available land and water, Mr Kundariya said, "Technology, like agri-biotechnology, if used intelligently will play an important role in improving our agricultural output especially in the light of our limited land and water resources which are reducing day by day."

The opening session of the conference was presided by welcome and introductory remarks given by Mr Ashwin Shroff, co-chairman, CII National Conference on Biotechnology and chairman and MD, Excel Industries. He opined," Last century belonged to India because of IT and this century will belong to India because of biotechnology." He further said that the potential of biotechnology is often curbed by the pulls and pressures of the myths associated with it due to which opportunities are missed.

Speaking on the ocassion, Mr Ram Kaundinya, director general, ABLE-AG mentioned, "The need of the hour is a predictive policy that can augur well with the needs of the people and industry. We require a science based system with a streamlined regulatory system. Also, there is a need for political commitment."Mr Kaundinya stressed upon proper infrastructure and support to innovation and technology. He mentioned that there is a need to educate and aware all stakeholders about the evolving technologies.

 

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