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Roundtable Meeting on Supporting Farmers with Quality Crop Protection Products on 15th Feb 

Krishijagran.com , Feb 11, 2019

With almost a 1.32 billion population, India needs a robust, modernized agriculture sector to ensure the nutritional food security for its population. In order to meet the food requirement of the nation, the agricultural productivity and its growth needs to be sustained and further improved. Crop protection industry play a significant role in this and working hard in Research & Development, Technology Transfer by providing latest innovations to the farmers and helping to achieve the Honorable Prime Minister’s agenda of “Doubling Farmers’ Income by 2022” and “Nutritional Food Security” for the nation.

There is also a remarkable share of non – genuine pesticide in Indian market, which can be illegal, counterfeit, spurious, adulterated or sub – standard. These products are unable to control the pests or control them efficiently and may cause considerable harm to soil and environment as well as production loss. The damage by these spurious products is multifold.

The issue of spurious or counterfeit pesticides as also its adverse impact on the national economy needs to be highlighted and for this purpose Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FICCI) with the help of Department of Chemicals & Petrochemicals and Department of Agriculture Cooperation & farmers Welfare, Government of India is organizing a Round Table Meeting on “Supporting Farmers with Quality Crop Protection Products : Challenges and Opportunities” on 15th February, 2019 at Hotel Le – Meridian, Windsor Place, Janpath, New Delhi.

The meeting will have the participation of all stakeholders including policy makers, industry, farmers and academia. It will discuss various challenges, opportunities and encourage quality crop protection products.

Program Schedule

0930-1030 hrs

Registration

1030-1145 hrs

“Inaugural session”

1030-1035 hrs

Moderation and Remarks by: Shri RG Agarwal, Chairman FICCI- Sub Committee on Crop Protection Chemicals and Group Chairman, Dhanuka Agritech Ltd.

1035-1040 hrs

Welcome Remarks by: Shri Deepak C Mehta, Chairman FICCI Committee on Chemicals and Chairman & Managing Director, Deepak Nitrite Ltd.

1040 -1050 hrs

Presentation by Dr. C.D. Mayee, Former Chairman, Agricultural Scientists Recruitment Board (ASRB)

1050 -1100 hrs

Presentation by Rep of Ernst & Young

1100 -1110 hrs


Special Address by: Shri P Raghavendra Rao, Secretary, Chemicals & Petrochemicals, Department of Chemicals and Petrochemicals, Ministry of Chemicals & Fertilizers, Govt. of India

1110 -1120 hrs

Keynote Address by: Shri Sanjay Agarwal, Secretary, Dept. of Agriculture Cooperation & Farmers Welfare, Ministry of Agriculture Cooperation & Farmers Welfare, Govt. of India

1120- 1140 Hrs

Inaugural Address by: Shri Radha Mohan Singh, Hon’ble Minister of Agriculture, Department of Agriculture Cooperation & Farmers Welfare, Ministry of Agriculture & Farmers Welfare, Govt. of India

1145 -1215 Hrs

Media Briefing and Business Networking Tea

1215-1330 hrs

Technical Session I: Building a Robust Regulatory Environment for Crop Protection Chemicals in India

Chairperson: Dr S.K. Malhotra, Agriculture Commissioner, Dept. of Agriculture Cooperation & Farmers Welfare, Ministry of Agriculture & Farmers Welfare, Govt. of India

Speakers:

1. Dr Rajesh Malik,

2.Crop Life

3. Farmer Body Representative

Open House Discussion

1330-1430 hrs

Business Networking Lunch

1430-1545hrs

Technical Session II: Role of Technology in Ensuring Qualitative Crop Protection Products.

Chairperson: Shri Samir Kumar Biswas, Joint Secretary (Chemicals), Dept. of Chemicals and Petrochemicals, Ministry of Chemicals & Fertilizers, Govt. of India

Speakers:

1. Mr. D’Arcy Quinn, Director, CropLife International

2. Mr. David Penna, Asia Pacific Stewardship Lead, FMC Corporation

3. Mr. C.S. Jeena, Secretary, Authentication Solution Providers’ Association (ASPA)

Open House Discussion

1545 -1600 Hrs

Business Networking Tea

1600 -1715 Hrs

Technical Session III: Ensuring a Strong Enforcement Environment to Address the Issue of Declining Quality of Crop Protection Chemicals

Chairperson: Shri Atish Chandra, Joint Secretary (Plant Protection Crops), Dept. of Agriculture Cooperation & Farmers Welfare, Ministry of Agriculture & Farmers Welfare, Govt. of India

Speakers:

1. Mr Nand Kishore Agarwal, President, Agro-Chem Federation of India (ACFI)

2. A representative from a Startup

3. Director, Government of Uttar Pradesh

Open House Discussion

1715 -1730 hrs

Concluding Remarks

 

 

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