ICAR-CII Industry Meet-2011 Inaugurated

Sharad Pawar Urged Industries to Pool Resources and Work Collaboratively with Public Sector Organizations

New Delhi, 23 May, 2011

‘To advance pro-poor agricultural R&D, it is required that both, the private and public sector research and development organisations, focus on pooling resources and work collaboratively for harnessing the synergies; to lead to desired initiatives on intensive agriculture researches for next generation technologies’, said Sri Sharad Pawar, Union Minister of Agriculture and Food Processing Industries while inaugurating ICAR-CII Industry Meet-2011 here today .

While expressing his satisfaction over record production of 235.88 million tonnes of food grains during 2010-11, he expected record wheat procurement and oil-seed production to reach an all time high. Sri Pawar urged industries to get involved in programmes of skill development in the rural areas, which will not only provide them skilled manpower for the agri-businesses, but also skilled manpower for other industrial activities, at the same time creating employment for lakhs of under-employed and unemployed members of our rural population.

Sri Harish Rawat, Minister of State for Agriculture and Food Processing Industries complimented ICAR and CII for partnering in organizing the ICAR-CII Industry Meet-2011 and hoped that deliberations in the Meet shall provide the right opportunity to ICAR and Industry to develop the required understanding and governance framework for developing partnerships that harness the collaborative synergies for value creation, value protection, value sharing and value recovery; and explore opportunities for income and job creation along the value chain. Public-private partnerships are emerging as a viable approach for development, diffusion and use of new and economically useful knowledge that would further enhance the innovation process, he added.

Earlier, Dr S. Ayyappan, Secretary, DARE and Director General, ICAR enumerated an array of potential technologies, developed by ICAR, for commercialization which included supportive farm machineries, nutraceuticals, value added food products, diagnostics and immunologicals. ICAR is vigorously pursuing issues concerned with IPR and technology commercialization and 58 patent applications have been granted, he said. To further the partnership with industries, ICAR is working towards developing functional entrepreneurships, joint overseas initiatives and joint working groups in collaborative mode, he added.

Sri Ashok Sinha, Secretary, Department of Food Processing Industries elaborated the role of food processing industries in driving the rural economy and called it a sunrise sector with huge untapped potential. Sri Rakesh Bharti Mittal, Chairman, CII National Council on Agriculture and VC and MD, Bharti Enterprises Limited thanked ICAR for providing this unique platform which can help lead to rural prosperity, our ultimate goal. He hoped that deliberations will lead to harmony with farmers and research work in the laboratories. Dr Gokul Patnaik, Chairman, Global AgriSystem Private Limited suggested active collaboration of scientists with industries in the areas of extension, marketing, development of skills and management.

The ICAR-CII Industry Meet- 2011 is jointly organized by ICAR and Confederation of Indian Industry to foster and strengthen linkages with industries working in the area of agriculture and food processing sector. Technical Sessions on R&D Requirements of Industry and Technology Transfer and Agri-business will be followed by a Panel Discussion on High-end Research. Concurrently, an exhibition is also orgnaised to showcase ICAR technologies having business potential. Senior officials of ICAR, Vice-Chancellors of Agricultural Universities and representatives from industries are participating in the Meet.

Sri Rajiv Mehrishi, Additional Secretary, DARE and Secretary, ICAR welcomed the participants and Dr S. Mauria, Assistant Director General (Intellectual Property and Technology Management) proposed vote of thanks.

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