Innovative Cultivation is the demand for agriculture growth
Jaipur, 9 November 2016: Maximum utilization of water and crop diversification is the key for progressive development in the agriculture sector were the two solutions which national and international agri experts suggested at the first day of the 3 day ‘Global Rajasthan Agritech Meet 2016’. The experts said that farmers need to know the latest technologies for innovative cultivation to increase the income.
During a conference session on ‘Sustainable & Innovative Agriculture Practices For Doubling Farmer’s Income’, Mr Martein Van Nieuwkoops, Practise Manager – South Asia, World Bank said that if we want to increase the farmer’s income then we have to shift to high value crops from the traditional ones like cereals. Mr.Martein said, “Crop diversification is very important to increase the productivity and income of the farmers. There is a need for value addition to the post harvest management. The future is high value agriculture which will help the farmer in getting better and more returns.”
Another agri expert Mr. Dan Alluf, MASHAV Counselor Science & Agriculture, International Development Cooperation, Israel Embassy in India said that Israel and Rajasthan has been working in close association for the agricultural development. Mr.Alluf said, “There are three Indo-Israel centre of excellence for pomegranate, date palms and citrus fruit to provide the best global technology to the farmers.”
Mr. Yuval Fuchs Deputy Head of MASHAV, Head of Bureau for Projects & International Development Cooperation, Israel Embassy, India said that efficient use of water is very important in a state like Rajasthan. Israel which is one of the leading countries in the agriculture sector also shares the similar type of climatic conditions like Rajasthan but with the help advance technology and water recycling process has managed to progress in this sector, he added.
Other experts who shared the dais were Dr Bergvinson, Director General, International Crops Research Institute for the Semi-Arid Tropics (ICRISAT), Dr, Balraj Singh, Vice Chancellor, Agriculture University, Jodhpur, Mr.MukulVarshney, Vice President & Director-Corporate Affairs, John Deere India Pvt and Dr. Ashok Gulati, Infosys Chair Professor, Indian Council for Research on International Economic Relations (ICRIER).
The event is jointly organized by Government of Rajasthan and Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FICCI).