NEW DELHI,24.07.20-Boosting Exports and enhancing Competitiveness will play catalytic in the growth of Indian Agriculture said Mr Dushyant Chautala, Hon’ble Deputy Chief Minister, Government of Haryana while delivering the Inaugural Address at the CII’s Virtual Conference on Enhancing Global Competitiveness in Indian Agriculture held today. We also should focus on the capacity building of entire value chain of Agriculture to be Globally Competitive. He opined that floriculture and horticulture should be brought into the mainstream. Food processing sector is strong and dynamic, can play a major role in enhancing income of the farmers, he said.

In his special address, Mr Nikhil Sawhney, Chairman, CII Northern Region and Vice Chairman and Managing Director, Triveni Turbine Ltd said that Indian agriculture is the corner stone and we need to focus on various aspects of agriculture for the benefits of our nation and important pillar i.e. farmer. He opined that we should educate our farmers and provide awareness on emerging technologies for growth and productivity to yield quality and reduce efforts. Mr Sawhney said that with recent structural reforms will transform the agriculture sector and bring growth rate back to higher levels.

In his keynote address, Mr Andrew Ayre, Deputy High Commissioner, British Deputy High Commission, Chandigarh said that modernization of agriculture is the first step towards enhancing global competitiveness in Indian Agriculture and stressed on the fact that partnerships have the ability to solve societal issues globally and additionally provide other mutual benefits.

Mr D Narain, Conference Chairman and CEO & MD, Bayer CropScience said that the recent market reforms coupled with value chain collaborations, access to modern input technologies, sustainability focused goals, commodity price risk management and digital farming will give wings more options to sell their agri produce to the new markets with barrier free trade and deliver the twin goals of significantly improving farm incomes and rural development.

Also speaking at the Inaugural Session, Mr Ajay Vir Jakhar, Chairman, Bharat Krishak Samaj in his address said that State Govt and Industry should collaborate for the smooth working in the area of agriculture. He focused on initiatives taken by farmers and suggested for a discussion veers towards farmers participation in the policy making and decisions for better outcome in terms of production, quality and mostly in terms of compensation to farmers.

In his theme address, Mr Devinder Singh Chawla, Partner & National Leader – Chemicals & Agri, Ernst & Young LLP said that Indian agriculture needs to move away from sustenance farming and work towards better, more informed crop choices. We need to make agriculture more remunerative through focus on improved productivity, better inputs & mechanisation, efficient supply chains and easy financing & technology eco system.

The event marked the presence of speakers from ITC, Sabic, Yara International; Claas India and others and was attended by over 150 participants.