Press Release 

Global Rajasthan Agritech Meet

Kota, 25 May: Technological innovations are essential for increasing farm incomes as well as the per capita income of the nation. However, it is imperative to bring the numerous innovations in the areas of soil health, digitization, organic farming, water use efficiency, among others to the ground level so that the farmers can make their optimum utilization. This was stated today by Rajasthan Minister for Food & Civil Supply, Consumer Affairs, Mr. Babu Lal Verma at a seminar on the second day of GRAM in Kota today. He further said that the gaps between input and output in agriculture should be minimized with the use of these technical innovations.

The seminar ‘Turing Innovation to Competitive Advantage in Agriculture’, chaired by Director, Horticulture, GoR, Mr. VP Singh, there were discussions on various aspects like Digitization, Organic Agriculture, Water Use Efficiency, Soil Health and Financial Institutions.

Suggestions like digitization of farmers to enable easy outreach of information, development of Organic Retail Farmers’ Markets, use of sprinkle and drip irrigation, adoption of a balanced fertilizer program for maintaining soil health, among others were given by subject experts. These suggestions were aimed at turning innovation to competitive advantage in agriculture.

The speakers in the session were Head Operations, Tata Consultancy Services, Mr. Rajesh Urkude; Executive Director, Morarka Foundation, Mr. Mukesh Gupta; Vice Chancellor, Agriculture University, Kota, Dr. G L Keshwa; Managing Director, AGNext, Mr. Taran Singh and Chief General Manager, NABARD, Ms. Sarita Arora.

About ‘Global Rajasthan Agritech Meet 2017, Kota’ (GRAM)

GRAM Kota will be held from 24 to 26 May 2017 at RAC Parade Ground, Shivpura, Kota in Rajasthan. The event is being jointly organised by the Government of Rajasthan and Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce & Industry (FICCI).

Government of Rajasthan looks forward to replicate GRAM 2016’s accomplishment at Kota in Rajasthan. One of the core objectives of GRAM Kota would be to expose the farmers of the Kota Division to best agriculture practices and define the next qualitative leap in Kota’s agriculture growth story.

The event will bring all stakeholders – farmers from in and around Kota, academicians, technologists, agribusiness companies and policy makers.

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