A two-day Agrivision 2019 Conference on envisioning Agro solutions for Smart and Sustainable Agriculture has concluded here on Friday at ITC Kohenur in Hitech city.
Organized jointly by Professor Jayashankar Telangana State Agricultural University (PJTSAU), Confederation of Indian Industry(CII) and Cornell University, USA, the 2-day conference saw eight different sessions with 44 speakers from various public and private institutions, industries, farmers and also experts from the USA.
The first-day topic was on Combating Climate change: Advances in crop breeding and Natural Resource Management (NRM). The discussion was held on the advancements in the area of crop breeding and the technologies and developing new varieties in adapting and their ability in withstanding climate change.
Further, in this session they were also discussed on Natural Resources Management, Internet of Things (IoT) & AI based Agriculture: The evolving landscape of Digital Revolution.
The speakers expressed their views on the digital interventions for Smart agriculture such as drones, remote sensing, sensor-based drip irrigation, big data analysis, IoT, Artificial intelligence in enabling and empowering agriculture. Simultaneously, in other sessions, speakers made deliberations on Economics behind Enhancing farmers income: Financing Agriculture and Role of private and Public Sector.
The second day the Director General of Indian Council for Agricultural Research (ICAR) Dr Trilochan Mohapatra has chaired the session on Postharvest Management and value addition of foods: Role of farmer producer’s organizations (FPOs) in improving Market Access. While delivering his speech he advised on the issues such as reducing post-harvest losses especially in perishable foods and grains. He also spoke about how important it is to make agriculture profitable and sustainable and encourage in terms of ensuring consumers benefits and producers benefits.
Dr Mohapatra emphasized the gap between production and consumption which in turn will lead to post-harvest wastage and lead to an increase in farmers income and better returns to the producer. He also told about how the Government of India is supporting food processing with various policies and support systems by promoting value addition to food products and additional income and employment will be created.
A panel discussion was held on the last on Technology in Agri Entrepreneurship in which Vice Chancellor of PJTSAU Dr V Praveen Rao also took part. The main focus of this session was in use of technology by the farmers and how it helped them in improving their yield. In this session, progressive farmers were shared their success stories and experiences. Several eminent speakers from India and USA have deliberated their views and shared their experiences in the agricultural sector.