New Delhi, Delhi, India (NewsSee) • Huge opportunities for public-private partnerships • Four state agriculture ministers, government think tanks and agrichemical industry deliberate on sustainable growth of agriculture for self-governing India at the national conference organized on the occasion of the 42nd AGM of CropLife India CropLife India; the leading association of national and multinational R&D-focused crop science companies held a two-day national conference on the occasion of its 42nd AGM, which saw the congregation of the Union Minister of State for the Agriculture and Farmer Welfare, four Ministers of Agriculture from key states of Uttar Pradesh, Madhya Pradesh, Telengana and Karnatake, senior government officials, experts and industry leaders. The theme of the national conference was “Sustainable Growth in Agriculture for a Self-Reliant India”. The theme of the inaugural session was “The transformation of agriculture during ‘Amrit Kaal’ – Role of crop protection”. A special plenary session, ‘State Government Perspectives’, focused on agricultural achievements in the four key states of Uttar Pradesh, Madhya Pradesh, Telengana and Karnatake. A special Plenary Session II focused on “International Perspective: 100% India”; a special session focused on “Improving the effectiveness of crop protection” and Session – III was devoted to “Ease of doing business – the way forward”. In his inaugural speech, Shri Kailash Choudhary, Honorable Minister of State for Agriculture and Farmers Welfare, Government of India said, “There is a great need to use latest technologies for agriculture and raise awareness more farmers in this regard. Drone technology can play an important role as it offers multiple benefits like spraying agrochemicals, determining the amount of fertilizers and nutrients to use, among others. Shri Choudhary added that “the crop protection industry has played a key role in improving the productivity of Indian agriculture in key crops and has invited the public-private partnership industry to take the Indian agriculture and Indian farmers on a steady growth path. Shri Surya PratapShahi, Honorable Minister of Agriculture, Government of Uttar Pradesh, said, “The crop protection industry should continue to develop greener chemicals for sustainable growth. Shri Shahi called on the crop protection industry to invest in Uttar Pradesh, which is on its way to becoming a food basket of the country as well as the world. Shri S. Niranjan Reddy, Honorable Minister of Agriculture, Government of Telangana said, “Humanity’s greatest task is to keep the soil healthy for better health and human well-being. Water conservation is essential for agriculture and Telengana was the first state to implement the Watershed program in 1983-84. As part of the Kakatiya mission, 46,000 water reservoirs and water bodies in Telangana have been restored. Through concerted efforts, water has brought about the greatest revolution in Telangana. Shri Kamal Patel, Minister of Agriculture, Government of Madhya Pradesh, said, “Madhya Pradesh has taken many key initiatives like insurance to protect the interests of smallholder farmers and empower farmers.” Shri Patel called on the industry to work with the state government on stewardship and other initiatives. Shri BC Patil, Honorable Minister of Agriculture, Government of Karnataka, said, “A helpline provides advice to farmers in Karnataka. The Karnataka government has increased the reservation of students from farming families in B.Sc. Agriculture admissions from 40% to 50%. The total number of places reserved for this category of students in agricultural universities is 1230 while the total admission is 2460; in the state.” Dr. KC Ravi, President of CropLife India, said, “A predictable, stable and science-based policy and regulatory regime is imperative for the proper growth of the crop protection industry. crops; which promotes innovation and the introduction of new products to meet the current and future challenges facing farmers; while paving the way for the introduction of cutting-edge technologies such as artificial intelligence and drones. Mr. Anil Kakkar, Vice President of CropLife India and Vice President of Sumitomo Chemical India Ltd., said, “CropLife India and our members are committed to making India self-reliant and agriculture is an imminent part of that. The crop protection industry has made an immense contribution to Indian agriculture over the past 75 years and has pledged to contribute during ‘AmritKal.’ Mr. Srinivasa Karavadi, Vice President of CropLife India and D responsible for market development in India, Bangladesh and Sri Lanka, Bayer CropScience Limited said, “CropLife India and its member companies have always believed in and demonstrated a constructive partnership approach with government and other stakeholders. . We would like to continue contributing to strengthening the collaborative ecosystem.” Members of CropLife India are not only committed to bringing the latest and safest innovations but are also committed to educating farmers on their use. safe and responsible. CropLife and its member companies wish to continue contributing to the creation of a scientific, pragmatic and stable regulatory environment. CropLife members continue to work closely with farmers, the scientific community and policy makers to address current and future challenges. However, the cost of research has increased and it is estimated that the cost of discovering and developing a new active ingredient is around INR 2000 crore. If Indian agriculture is to thrive, be more competitive, quality driven, reduce wastage as well as losses to enable our farmers to be more successful, it is absolutely essential that a progressive policy environment is in place to foster innovations . About CropLife India CropLife India is committed to advancing sustainable agriculture and is an association of 16 member companies focused on R&D in crop protection. We together represent ~70% of the market and are responsible for 95% of the molecules introduced into the country. Our member companies have annual global R&D expenditures of USD 6 billion and are strongly committed to engaging with the agricultural community to enable a safe and secure food supply. Our member companies were established in India as early as the 1950s; we continue to work hand in hand with the government to build the agricultural sector – from direct investment in building factories, creating jobs, agricultural innovation and working endlessly over the years with multiple stakeholders to improve agricultural productivity.
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