President of India, Mr Pranab Mukherjee while addressing the "National Conference on Ushering Second Green Revolution in Indian Agriculture through Public-Private Partnership", organized by CII on December 11, 2012 at New Delhi
"Given the critical linkage between agriculture and poverty alleviation, a faster agricultural growth to deliver inclusive development led by the second green revolution is urgently needed." These remarks were made by the president of India, Mr Pranab Mukherjee, while addressing the "National Conference on Ushering Second Green Revolution in Indian Agriculture through Public-Private Partnership", organized by the Confederation of Indian Industry (CII) with support from Ministry of agriculture on December 11, 2012 at New Delhi.
Highlighting the challenges faced by the agricultural sector, Mr Mukherjee emphasized on the need to improve the seed replacement rate, promote adoption of hybrid seeds, incentivize balanced use of fertilizers and ensure efficient water management. He pointed out the need to render the second green revolution more holistic and widespread in developing the agricultural sector compared to the first green revolution and public private partnerships will play a key role.
Complementing CII, Mr Mukherjee remarked that this is the right time for organizing such conference as agriculture is undergoing transformational growth and the policy environment is also conducive for initiating and scaling public private partnerships. On the very occasion, Mr Mukherjee launched the CII - Jubilant Bhartia Food and Agriculture Centre of Excellence (FACE).
The conference was attended by key government officials, think tanks, industry stalwarts from agri input, irrigation, farm mechanization, food processing, and retail as well as farmer groups. More than 1000 participants attended the conference as well as the CII - ICAR technology exhibition.
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