Exports, competitiveness will play catalytic role in growth of Indian agriculture: Dy. CM, Haryana

Exports, competitiveness will play catalytic role in growth of Indian agriculture: Dy. CM, Haryana
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 farmers’ income

Boosting exports and enhancing competitiveness will play catalytic role in the growth of Indian agriculture. We should also focus on the capacity building of entire agriculture value chain 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 farmers’ income, said Dushyant Chautala, Deputy Chief Minister, Government of Haryana said while delivering the inaugural address at the CII’s virtual conference on Enhancing Global Competitiveness in Indian Agriculture held today.

In his address, Nikhil Sawhney, Chairman, CII Northern Region and Managing Director, Triveni Turbine said, “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. Sawhney said that with recent structural reforms would transform the agriculture sector and bring growth rate back to higher levels.
 
In his keynote address, Andrew Ayre, Deputy High Commissioner, British Deputy High Commission, Chandigarh said that modernisation 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.
 
D Narain, CEO & MD, Bayer Crop Science 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 would give farmers more options to sell their agriculture 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, Ajay Vir Jakhar, Chairman, Bharat Krishak Samaj in his address said that state government 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, Devinder Singh Chawla, Partner & National Leader – Chemicals & Agri, Ernst & Young said, “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 and mechanisation, efficient supply chains and easy financing along with technology ecosystem.”

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