Former President Kalam Presented the Vision for Farmer's Prosperity
New Delhi, 06 Feb 2012
Dr. A.P.J. Abdul Kalam, Former President of India described components of sustainable development for farmer’s prosperity as integrated thoughts and actions which lead to financially robust systems and also keenly focus on societal development, environmental conservation, technological infusion and employment creation. He was inaugurating 2nd Global Agri-Business Incubation Conference (6-8 February) NIABI 2012.
While delivering his inaugural address on ‘Vibrant Agricultural Development through Innovations and Inclusive Growth’ Dr. Kalam urged for overall development of agricultural sector. ‘Along with concentrating on reinforcing agriculture, we should also emphasize on agro-processing, development of rural craftsmanship, dairy, fish and fish processing, silk production, so that the non-farm revenues for the rural sector is enhanced.’
Dr. Kalam presented the best incubator award to Indian Agricultural Research Insititute (IARI), New Delhi and Indian Veterinary Research Institute (IVRI), Izatnagar and two entrepreneurs.
Dr. William D Dar, Director General, International Crops Research Institute for Semi-Arid Tropics (ICRISAT) hoped that Indian Incubator experience will be beneficial for whole Asian and African region. ‘India should lead the rest of the world with its vast experience in commercializing farming technology. Networking with farmers and enterprises will be the core of this success’, he added.
Dr. Bangali Baboo, National Director, NAIP in his welcome address said that NIABI aims at creating a synergy among 10 Business Planning and Development (BPDs) units spread across the country, facilitating the commercialization of the innovative agro-technologies through agri-business development and thereby benefitting the farmers. The BPDs are setup by the NAIP of the ICAR and co-ordinated by the Agri-Business Incubation programme of the Agri-Business and Innovation Platform (AIP) at ICRISAT. 'So far, 40 technologies have been successfully commercialized', he added.
Dr. H.S. Gupta, Director, Indian Agricultural Research Institute laid stress on attracting younger generation for sun shine agri-business. Dr Kiran K Sharma, CEO, Agribusiness and Innovation Platform, ICRISAT presented vote of thanks.
The Conference is jointly organized by Indian Council of Agricultural Research, ICRISAT, National Agricultural Innovation Project, Agri-Business Incubation Programme, IARI and Network of Indian Agri-Business Incubation (NIABI).
Three Day Conference will deliberate upon developing roadmap to revitalize agriculture and allied sectors through agribusiness, act as a platform to popularize new and better livelihood opportunities and to strengthen the global agribusiness incubator network. Senior officials of ICAR, NAIP, VCs of Agricultural Universities and Academia are participating in conference.
(Source: NAIP Sub-Project on Mass Media Mobilization, DKMA)