On the second day of the G20 Meeting of Agricultural Chief Scientists (MACS) in Varanasi on Tuesday, deliberations were held on Digital Agriculture and Sustainable Agri Value Chain & Public-Private Partnership in Agricultural Research & Development. MACS Communique was also discussed.
Morning session deliberations focused on Digital Agriculture and Traceability; Digital Technological Solutions for Reducing Food Loss and Waste; Agritech Startup Ecosystem; Pluralistic Agricultural Extension and Advisory Services (EAS): partnerships for improving lab to land and outreach; Smallholder and Family Farming: G20- Global South Cooperation for Agri-R&D; Public-Private Agri-R&D for Public Goods: Experience in Generating and Accelerating Innovations.
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Earlier in the day, speaking during a bilateral meeting with the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO), Dr. Himanshu Pathak, Director General, Indian Council of Agricultural Research (ICAR) who is also the MACS Chair, emphasised that the extension services through Krishi Vigyan Kendras (KVK) to farmers would be a very important area of cooperation. FAO representatives also expressed keen interest in extending cooperation in extension services. Dr. Ishmahane Elouafi, Chief Scientist, FAO; and Dr. Selvaraju Ramasamy, Senior Agriculture Officer, FAO participated in the meeting. They recognised India’s strength in the seed sector, which will be very useful to other countries.
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The three-day G20 Meeting of Agricultural Chief Scientists (MACS) with the theme, “Sustainable Agriculture and Food System for Healthy People and Planet” is underway at Varanasi. The meeting was inaugurated by the Union Minister of State for Civil Aviation, and Road Transport and Highways, General (Dr.) V K Singh (Retd) on Monday.