The two day Agri Innovation Conclave organized by NAIP in association with ICAR from 18th to 19th May concluded on a successful note at NASC Complex, Pusa, New Delhi. The two day event was marked by the enthusiasm shown by the Agri Biz Idols and yatris of the Krishi Parivartan Yatra conducted prior to the conclave at various parts of the country. Farmers, entrepreneurs and agri-students in large number also participated in the conclave.
On 18th May, the Agi Biz Idols and Yatris of Krishi Parivartan Yatra were accorded a rousing welcome at NAS Complex. The entire area reverberated with the sound of Dhol and the participants danced to the tune of the dhol. The yatris and business idols were garlanded and in a procession, they were taken to A.P. Shinde Hall. Dr. S. Ayyappan, Secretary, DARE & Dirctor General, ICAR, Dr. D. Ram Rao, National Director, NAIP, Dr. Kiran Sharma, CEO, AIP-ICRISAT and Dr. P.s. Pandy, National Coordinator, NAIP were present on the occasion.Dr. D. Rama Rao, National Director, NAIP welcomed the gathering and gave an overview of the programme. Dr. Kiran Sharma, CEO, AIP-ICRISAt delivered the special address.
The yatris and agri biz idols shared their experience and they were felicitated by Dr. S. Ayyappan. Ten best 10 business ideas shortlisted for the final round during the agri business idol camps conducted at Hyderabad, Pune, Coimbatre and Anand were presented by the Agri-business Idols, out of which two best business ideas were selected for the first and second position. The business idea viz.Veg Sav – Bacteriophages based technology for preventing vegetables from post harvest losses by V. Ponvizhi Ramya & R. Selastin Antony from Tamil Nadu Agricultural University (TNAU), Coimbatore and the the business idea FishPaneerTM – Surimi based value added fish products by Mr Joshi Kumar Khangembam from CIFE, were adjudged as the first and second best innovative ideas.
On 19th May, 2014, the Conclave witnessed tremendous enthusiasm from the yatris, idols, agri-students and farmers present on the occasion. Dr S. Ayyappan, Secretary, DARE & Director General, ICAR; Mr Onno Ruhl, Country Director for India, The World Bank; Dr. Peter Kenmore, FAO Representative India; Dr William D Dar, DG, ICRISAT graced the occasion with their presence. Mr Onno Ruhl, Country Director for India, World Bank inaugurated the conclave.
While addressing the gathering as Chief Guest, Mr.Onno Ruhl appreciated that India is transforming fast, especially in the agricultural sector, meeting the enhanced demand of food and nutrition successfully. But, India has the potential to become a modern and developed country in near future that can be achieved through the route of agriculture and allied activities. He emphasized that now Indian farmers are also taking up various on-farm and off-farm enterprises to become entrepreneur that is raising their income significantly. Mr. Ruhl expressed his happiness over the successful partnership of World Bank with NAIP-ICAR and hoped that it will continue with the forthcoming National Agricultural Education Project on which World Bank is working vigorously.
Earlier, Dr. S. Ayyappan, Secretary, DARE and Director General, ICAR welcomed the dignitaries and elaborated upon various innovations and technologies that helped farmers to gain prestige and profitability. He said that Indian agriculture has attained sustainability through good science and technology that has permeated to fields and farms. NAIP has brought a change in the mindset of Indian farmers who are now more eager to adopt new technologies and many of them have become innovators as well, he said. Dr. Ayyappan emphasized that ICAR implemented NAIP in a mission mode and contemplates to continue the same spirit with various technological and financial initiatives.
Dr. William D. Dar, Director General, ICRISAT expressed his sincere thanks to NAIP-ICAR for a long and fruitful partnership and hoped that it will continue in coming years. He showed satisfaction over the mentoring and handholding of agripreneurs that led to prosperity and progress in the Indian agriculture and also enhanced human dignity.
Dr. Peter Kenmore, FAO representative in India stressed on creation of off-farm rural jobs to increase income and ensure livelihood security in rural India. He said farmers need a scientific support system to meet their livelihood goals and expressed his happiness over the role of KVKs in providing the same. Dr. Kenmore suggested that women should be involved in all innovation processes through training and other supports.
The business idea viz.Veg Sav – Bacteriophages based technology for preventing vegetables from post harvest losses by V. Ponvizhi Ramya & R. Selastin Antony from Tamil Nadu Agricultural University (TNAU), Coimbatore bagged the first prize of Rupees one lakh. The business idea FishPaneerTM – Surimi based value added fish products by Mr Joshi Kumar Khangembam from CIFE, Mumbai got the second prize of Rs. 50,000/-. Chief Guest and other dignitaries felicitated Drs. S.L. Mehta, J.C. Katyal, P.L. Gautam, Mruthyunjaya, Bangali Baboo, former National Directors of NAIP for their significant contributions and vision. Dignitaries also released special publications of NAIP-ICAR.
On the sidelines of the event, two parallel sessions – Targeting Inclusive Growth: Policy Makers and Development Players and Growth through partnerships: Calling on Corporates were conducted. An Expo was also arranged on the occasion to showcase NAIP innovations and technologies.
Five NAIP – ICAR publications viz, Innovation to Impact, Strengthening Agricultural Development and Livelihood, Buffalo References Families Germplasm Catalogue, Special Issue on NAIP: Indian farming and Business Incubation – Transforming Indian Agriculture (ICRISAT) were released.
Dr. D. Rama Rao, National Director, NAIP proposed vote of thanks and expressed his gratitude to all partners across the country and to all those who contributed in making the NAIP a successful mission.