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Curtain Raiser of India Bio Energy & Tech Expo, 2024 was held during the event in presence of IFGE members and industry leaders.

Experts and industry leaders from the bioenergy sector witnessed a fruitful panel discussion on bioeconomy and curtain raising of Bio Energy & Tech Expo, 24 at MCCIA in Pune on June 3, 2024. Indian Federation of Green Energy (IFGE) and MM Activ Sci-Tech Communications jointly organised a Panel Discussion: “Shaping the Future Bio economy Way” and Curtain Raiser of India Bio Energy & Tech Expo, 2024.  The event was formally launched by Nitin Gadkari, Union Minister, Road Transport and Highways and Dr Pramod Chaudhari, President, IFGE & Executive Chairman, Praj Industries at a glittering function in New Delhi on February 21, 2024, in the presence of more than 250 industry representatives.

The panel discussion highlighted some of the major initiatives that the Government is taking in the bioenergy sector and also provided a platform to understand the challenges and opportunities therein. The panel discussion is a precursor to a much larger event India Bio Energy & Tech Expo, 2024: An International Conference & Exhibition on Bioenergy and Technologies at India International Convention and Expo Center, Dwarka, New Delhi from September 2-4, 2024.

Sanjay Ganjoo, Director General, IFGE in his introduction speech informed the audience about the government initiatives taken for the growth of the bioenergy sector. The panel discussion was moderated by Atul Mulay, Chairman, Bioenergy Committee of IFGE and President, Bioenergy, Praj Industries Ltd. In his speech, Mulay informed the audience about the background of bioeconomy and explained its different aspects.

Mulay said, “India has saved Rs 80000 crore through EBP20 programme out of which Rs 75000 crore are gone back to farmers, rural economy, and employment creation. In addition to this, EBP20 programme has reduced 150 lakh metric tonnes of carbon emission. Government declared investment plan of Rs 2 Lakh crore in the CBG programme for the development of CBG plants across the country. Government is aiming to increase sustainable Aviation fuel and green hydrogen by 2030 which creates new opportunities for the bioenergy industry.”

While emphasising on the increasing requirement of green fuel, Atul Kharate, COO, Indian Oil Adani Ventures Limited – IAV Biogas said, “The demand of green fuel such as biodiesel, CBG, ethanol is increasing across the country.  Considering this scenario, we need to triple our efforts for the development of the bioenergy sector.”

Experts also discussed the current status of the sugar industry in India and role of circular bioeconomy to the growth of the sugar industry.

While speaking about the growth opportunities for the sugar industry Dr Kakasaheb Konde from Vasantdada Sugar Institute said, “A lot of resources are available in the sugar industry for developing new value-added products from molasses and bagasse. Sugar industry needs to diversify its product portfolio into different value-added products. Bioeconomy will help to serve in this aspect.”

 The panel discussion also highlighted the challenges and opportunities in the biomass supply chain. Experts discussed the need of developing infrastructure for biomass procurement and transportation in rural areas.

Tushar Lowalekar, Founding Member and Chief Business Officer, Biofuel Circle informed about the challenges in the biomass supply chain in the country. “In India the supply chain of biomass is unorganised. Farmers need support in equipment, procurement and transport. There is a huge need to develop an infrastructure for the biomass supply chain. Financial support from government and private firms will play a vital role in the development of the biomass supply chain”, he said.

Lowalekar also added that use of technology will surely help in making the biomass supply chain stronger.

In the second part of the event, the curtain raiser video of India Bio Energy & Tech Expo, 2024 was screened for the information of the audience.

Dr Pramod Chaudhari, President, IFGE & Executive Chairman, Praj Industries informed about the latest trends in the bioenergy sector. Chaudhari said, “India Bio Energy & Tech Expo, 2024 will be focused on Bio-Energy and technologies involved in the sector are picking pace in terms of combating environmental externalities. This expo is a timely initiative of IFGE for shaping the bioenergy sector of India”.

Y.B Ramakrishna, Chairperson, IFGE CBG Producer Forum, Former Chairman- Working Group on Biofuel, Ministry of Petroleum and Natural Gas in his speech emphasised the need of in-situ management of agriculture- residue in order to mitigate the challenges in the supply chain.

“Private industry should develop sustainable models for the management of crop residue in rural areas. There is a need of scaling up new technologies for conversion of feedstock into value added products. Also, the validation of by-products from agri-waste is also important for the growth of the sector”, said Ramakrishna.

 Dr Reji Mathai, Director, Automotive Research Association of India (ARAI) mentioned about opportunities for the bioenergy sector in his address. He said that the Automotive industry and players in the bioenergy sector should come together to bring out new solutions in the sector.

Ravindra Boratkar, Founder Member, IFGE & Managing Director, MM Activ Sci-Tech Communications, proposed vote of thanks. He also proposed a vote of thanks to all those who are supporting the event and those who supported to organise the curtain raiser function. Boratkar informed about the highlights of India Bio Energy & Tech Expo, 2024 in his concluding remarks. He said that the Expo & Conference highlights include concurrent shows such as India CBG & Tech Expo, India Biomass and Tech Expo, India Ethanol & Tech Expo, India Biodiesel & Tech Expo, India Waste to Energy & Tech Expo, and India Bio-Mobility & Tech Expo.

Curtain Raiser of India Bio Energy &

  By Harsh Vardhan Bhagchandka, President, IPL Biologicals

India is one of the world’s top producers of food, and its agricultural sector generates more than 20 per cent of its total GDP, highlighting the significance of agriculture to the nation’s economy, according to McKinsey. However, there is an increasing awareness that the changing farming situation demands a comprehensive approach. With its integration of environmental sustainability, socioeconomic aspects, and soil health, this method represents a move towards more cohesive and sustainable agriculture operations. While India continues to play an essential role in global food production, adopting this comprehensive view is critical to ensuring the agricultural sector’s long-term survival in the face of changing environmental and economic forces.

As technology continues to transform the agriculture industry, IPL Biologicals has introduced novel approaches such as Microbots are becoming increasingly prevalent. With the ability to use microbes as precise robots in agricultural environments, Microbots technology has the potential to completely transform farming methods, ensuring they are safe. The integration of Microbots technology is a revolutionary step towards a precise, efficient, and sustainable future in the Indian agricultural landscape. This approach not only empowers farmers but also secures food security for future generations as precision, efficiency, and sustainability come together in the search for a more resilient agricultural sector.

Benefits of Microbots 

Maximise yields and higher ROI: The implementation of Microbots in Indian farming gives a great opportunity for creating significant yields and, thus, ensuring a successful and growing future in organic and regenerative agriculture. Farmers utilise microbials that are driven by micro-precision for functions such as fertilising and improving structure and quality soil, and pest control. This results in the minimisation of resource waste and better yields, which result in the higher return on investment (ROI). This technological advancement not only helps in boosting crop yield but also paves the way for resilience against environmental obstacles, hence securing a prosperous future for agriculture in India.

Empower robust farming: Microbot technology allows Indian farmers to grow crops of high quality by leveraging Microbots technology.  These microbials lead to no problem of pest recurrence, pest resurgence as well as pesticide residue as well. Through the integration of microbials, farmers gain increased productivity as well as the adoption of sustainable farming strategies, which eventually leads to a great future. Hence, this transformative technology reinvents the way agriculture is done, paving the way for increased productivity and resilience in the face of evolving agricultural challenges.

Enhanced nutrient uptake: A greater uptake of nutrients in crops is observed by Indian farmers who use Microbots technology. With their precise delivery of nutrients to plant roots, these microbials maximise absorption and encourage healthier growth. Microbots technology helps boost agricultural yields and soil health by making sure fertilisers are used efficiently. This improved uptake of nutrients not only increases output but also encourages organic and regenerative agriculture, improving soil health, creating the foundation for an agriculturally wealthy and resilient future for India.

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  By Harsh Vardhan Bhagchandka, President, IPL BiologicalsIndia

The Conclave aimed to create a forum for discussing the role of technology and research in promoting efficiency, productivity, and sustainability in the agricultural industry.

The IMC Chamber of Commerce and Industry’s (IMC) Agriculture Committee organized the ‘IMC Agriculture Conclave – Impact of Technologies on Indian Agriculture sector on Thursday, May 16, 2024 at IMC headquarters in Mumbai. The Conclave aimed to create a forum for discussing the role of technology and research in promoting efficiency, productivity, and sustainability in the agricultural industry. The distinguished panellists engaged in remarkable panel discussions encompassing trending subjects like the role of Research and Development in Indian agriculture, the influence of resource management, the role of new technologies, digital implementation, and the sector’s transition to new-age methods.

The inaugural session was addressed by Suresh Kotak, Past President, IMC and Chairman, Kotak & Co. Kotak highlighted that technology transition and research are two key aspects for the evolution of the agriculture sector it supports a revenue generation model. He further added that agriculture has a multiplier effect towards the GDP contribution of the country and new-age technology adaptation transpires the sectoral progress. The adaptation of Farmer Producer Organisations (FPO) has enabled them to access into global markets and exhibit the region’s various agricultural products.

Samir Somaiya, President, IMC Chamber of Commerce and Industry said, “Indian Agriculture has been, and continues to be the cornerstone of the Indian economy. It is one of the fastest growing sectors of the nation with the rapidly changing scenario of modern technologies. Technology and innovation are two key drivers of progress in the agricultural sector and are a critical support for guaranteeing food security, promoting sustainable practices, and generating economic opportunities. Governments, corporate sector entities, and other stakeholders should invest in initiatives that promote Agripreneurship and the adoption of new technology and practices throughout the agricultural value chain.”

The Conclave aimed to create a forum

Report provides extensive analysis of the government’s achievements; Highlights include 11 Crore Farmers benefiting from PM Kisan and a staggering 7350% increase in pulses procurement at MSP.

The Federation of All India Farmer Associations (FAIFA), a non-profit organization representing the cause of millions of farmers and farm workers of commercial crops across the States of Uttar Pradesh, Gujarat, Maharashtra, Andhra Pradesh, Telangana, Karnataka etc. convened a seminar today at the Constitution Club of India, New Delhi – Ensuring Farmer Livelihoods: Enhancing Farmer Incomes Through Sustainable Farming Practices.

During the seminar, FAIFA released a Report titled – TRANSFORMATION IN INDIA’S AGRICULTURE which highlighted key achievements in the agriculture sector in the last decade. The Report also put forward strategies to enhance farmer incomes in a sustainable manner. The seminar was graced by Sh. GVL Narasimha Rao, Former Member of Parliament, Rajya Sabha. The Key Speakers in the seminar were Prof MV Ashok, Senior Adviser BAIF Research and Development Foundation Pune and Former Chief General Manager, NABARD and Dr JP Tandon, Former Director, Indian Council of Agricultural Research.

The Report conducted an extensive analysis of the government’s achievements, providing a wealth of facts and figures. Some noteworthy highlights provided in the document include:

A remarkable 300 percent plus increase in budget allocation for agriculture over the span of 9 years

Over 11 crore farmers benefited from the PM Kisan scheme

A massive 7350 percent increase in pulses procurement at MSP

Production of over 330.5 million metric tons of food grains in the fiscal year 2022-23

Creation of 4.60 lakh Seed Villages and production of over 102 million metric tons of seeds

Recognition of over 7,000 Agri and allied start-ups in the agricultural sector

Coverage of 76 lakh hectares under the Per Drop More Crop (Drip Irrigation) initiative since 2015

Achievement of 221.06 million metric tons of milk production, marking a 51 percent increase over 9 years

Coverage of over 11 lakh hectares under the Paramparagat Krishi Vikas Yojana (PKVY) since 2016, among various other notable accomplishments.

The FAIFA Report put the spotlight on the term “Jai Kisan,” emphasising that the diverse fabric of India’s agricultural economy has been a consistent aspect of its identity throughout history. It acclaimed the farmers or the Annadaatas and stated that they have earned the foremost access to opportunities without question. The FAIFA Report commended the government’s decade-long efforts, acknowledging a comprehensive approach that has borne fruit. From initiatives supporting farmers’ income, agricultural insurance schemes and expanded irrigation coverage to promoting organic farming, empowering women farmers, bolstering infrastructure and digitizing services, the government has embraced a holistic strategy in championing the cause of the farmers.

Javare Gowda, President, Federation of All India Farmer Associations (FAIFA) on the release of the Report said, “The strides made by the government in the agriculture sector and for farmers are commendable. Efforts are being tirelessly invested in augmenting farmer income and ensuring their security, aiding our invaluable ‘Annadata’ in feeding our nation and the world too. Key policy initiatives like the Pradhan Mantri Kisan Maandhan Yojana (PM-KMY), Pradhan Mantri Kisan Samman Nidhi (PM-KISAN) and Pradhan Mantri Fasal Bima Yojana (PMFBY) have played pivotal roles in extending financial and income support to farmers. For instance, the PM-KISAN Samman Yojana annually provides direct financial assistance to lakhs of farmers, including marginal and small farmers, totaling over Rs 2.80 lakh crore disbursed so far. Also, crop insurance coverage has been extended to 4 crore farmers under PMFBY.”

Report provides extensive analysis of the government's

Geed’s expertise in strategic planning and focus on customer value creation aligns perfectly with Corteva’s commitment to advancing the transformation of agriculture.

Corteva Agriscience, a global leader in agriculture solutions, is pleased to name Subroto Geed as President, South Asia. Leading the South Asia Business, Geed will drive growth for Corteva’s Seed and Crop Protection businesses with an aim to enhance agricultural productivity, enriching farmer livelihoods, and fostering sustainable farming practices throughout the region.

Geed holds a bachelor’s degree in pharmacy from Indore University and a post graduate diploma in Management from Symbiosis Centre for Management and HRD, Pune. He brings a wealth of knowledge from his previous experience at Diageo, GSK Consumer Healthcare, Pfizer and Aliaxis.

Geed’s educational background, combined with his rich professional experience, positions him well to lead Corteva business. With a proven track record of delivering accelerated growth through multi-functional teams, Geed’s expertise in strategic planning and focus on customer value creation aligns perfectly with Corteva’s commitment to advancing the transformation of agriculture, helping farmers become more productive and sustainable.

“We are thrilled to welcome Subroto to Corteva Agriscience as our new President, South Asia,” said Rahoul Sawani, Regional President, Asia Pacific. “His extensive experience and deep understanding of diverse industries and markets will be invaluable as we pursue our growth through tech-innovation in the agriculture industry.”

“Corteva has established itself as the global leader in the agricultural technology industry and I am excited about this opportunity to build on the momentum” said Subroto Geed, President South Asia. “With an unparalleled tradition of innovation, and sustainability at the core of its business, I look forward to working closely with the team to foster strategic partnerships and deliver value to our farmers and stakeholders.”

Geed's expertise in strategic planning and focus

Coromondel made investment of Rs 24 crores through its wholly owned subsidiary and corporate venture capital arm Dare Ventures Limited.

Coromandel International Limited, India’s leading agri solutions company, has announced increasing its investment in Ecozen, a pioneering climate-smart technology solutions provider. The Rs 24 crores investment was made through its wholly owned subsidiary and corporate venture capital arm Dare Ventures Limited. With this, Coromandel has increased its shareholding in Ecozen to 5.54 per cent, an increase of 3.13 per cent.

Ecozen is known for its innovative and sustainable solutions such as the solar-powered irrigation (Ecotron) and cold chain systems (Ecofrost) that have positively impacted the lives of over 180,000 farmers in India. The company leverages advanced technologies including Artificial Intelligence (AI), Internet of Things (IoT), and energy storage to boost agricultural incomes and also significantly reducing greenhouse gas emissions and food losses. Ecozen clocked a turnover of Rs 274 crores in FY23, quintupling its growth in last three years, underscoring the increased consumer acceptance and demand for sustainable solutions. The company has further set its sights on expanding its offerings and market presence into Africa and Southeast Asia to build climate-smart solutions for agriculture.

Jayashree Satagopan, President, Corporate & CFO, Coromandel International Limited, stated, “The remarkable strides made by Ecozen, and its commitment to driving positive impact on the livelihoods of farmers aligns with our vision of building a smart and sustainable future. Our increased shareholding in Ecozen reflects our confidence in the company’s ability to drive positive change and create long-term value for stakeholders.”

Devendra Gupta, CEO, and Co-Founder, Ecozen, expressed his gratitude for Coromandel’s increased support and investment through Dare Ventures. “We are immensely grateful for the continued support and investment from Dare Ventures, which underscores their belief in our mission and potential. Their contribution has been instrumental in our journey towards expanding our impact and reach. With Coromandel by our side, we are confident in our ability to accelerate the adoption of climate-smart technologies globally, empowering farmers and fostering sustainable growth.”

Coromondel made investment of Rs 24 crores

The partnership will support farmers in Telangana, Andhra Pradesh, Karnataka, Tamil Nadu and Kerala in the first phase of execution.

 Bayer, a global enterprise with core competencies in the life science fields of healthcare and agriculture, announced its partnership with the Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology (MeitY)’s Common Service Center (CSC-SPV), a strategic cornerstone of the National e-governance plan which aims to usher rural India into a digitally empowered era and foster a knowledge-based economy. The strategic collaboration aims to provide Indian farmers with access to quality agri-inputs through digital capability building and strengthen rural livelihoods and farm incomes. The partnership will support farmers in Telangana, Andhra Pradesh, Karnataka, Tamil Nadu and Kerala in the first phase of execution. Besides access to the entire range of Bayer’s agri-solutions from seed to harvest, farmers can also avail of crop-specific agronomic advisory through CSC’s online platform.

As part of the MoU, Smallholder farmers will be able to access timely crop advisory, transfer of good agricultural practices and access to premium Bayer products through CSC’s online portal. Gram Unnati will facilitate farmer mobilization and ensure market linkages. Together, Bayer and CSC-SPV aim to empower over 500,000 (0.5 million) smallholder farmers over the next two years. To facilitate easy access to quality inputs, agronomic support, and encourage agri-technology knowledge transfer based on the latest practices, Bayer will also nurture agri-entrepreneurs by leveraging village-level entrepreneurs of CSCs from within the local communities. The newly announced partnership follows an ongoing pilot engagement project running between Better Life Farming centres and CSC in Jharkhand’s Lohardega district since late 2020.

Simon-Thorsten Wiebusch, President, Bayer South Asia said, “Smallholder farmers are vital in ensuring food and nutritional security in the country and Bayer is dedicated to empowering them through the expansion of access to essential agricultural inputs and expert agronomic guidance, driven by digital innovation and collectivization. Our association with the Government of India’s Common Service Center and Gram Unnati will help bring us closer to our shared goal of empowering farmers as we bridge the gap to remote farming communities, promote financial literacy and foster an entrepreneurial spirit leading to optimized resource utilization, and maximizing farm potential to enhance their livelihoods sustainably.”

Sanjay Rakesh, MD & CEO, CSC-SPV said, “We are excited to collaborate with Bayer and strengthen our e-commerce platform to scale support to smallholder farmers through our technology-powered ecosystem. By leveraging our synergies with Bayer Crop Science Limited, we envision sustained enhancements in rural agriculture within the identified centres. This partnership will enable last mile access to tailored solutions, to better support the rural community and agri-entrepreneurs.”

Aneesh Jain, Founder & CEO, Gram Unnati said: “We are extremely delighted to work with Bayer CropScience and CSC e-Governance to play the role of a key facilitator in this ground-breaking association. We are already developing a system with CSC e-Governance to enable farmers to sell their end produce through the VLE network. This collaboration will enable farmers to get timely access to high quality agri inputs, thus further improving their crop quality and yields too.”

The CSC scheme, a collaborative e-governance platform, is part of the Digital India programme. The Special Purpose Vehicle (SPV) aims to facilitate the delivery of government, private and social sector services to Indian citizens through the CSC network. It supports linkages, connecting villages in India through high-speed internet and scaling the delivery of products & services to reach the last mile.

The partnership will support farmers in Telangana,

The digital platform simplifies smart farming by using predictive modelling based on real-time data.

FMC India, an agricultural sciences company, has launched its innovative precision agriculture platform Arc™ farm intelligence in India. The new offering is aimed at encouraging smarter agricultural practices for farmers, advisers and channel partners.

By combining real-time data and predictive modelling, Arc™ farm intelligence assists farmers in monitoring field conditions and pest pressure. Farmers can then ensure precise application of the recommended crop care products to optimize yield and achieve higher returns on investment.

Ravi Annavarapu, President, FMC India and South-West Asia said, “Farmers encounter numerous challenges in the field on a daily basis while navigating today’s complex and evolving agricultural landscape. Arc™ farm intelligence, a one-stop solution for farmers, will support them in making informed decisions based on real-time field insights for more effective and efficient crop care, thus providing them with enhanced precision, productivity and profitability. We are confident that farmers will gain a significant advantage and stay ahead with these technology-driven services.”

The platform, available through a new app, will not only provide in-depth insights into FMC’s leading product portfolio, but also enable farmers to participate in several digital initiatives and contests throughout the year to win attractive rewards.

The Arc™ farm intelligence app will also provide farmers easy access to FMC India’s boom spray service. Available at their fingertips, farmers can easily schedule a spray and pay using an integrated payment gateway on the app. Farmers can better plan their spray calendar with ten days’ advance weather forecast and make informed crop-care decisions. Additionally, farmers across India can access doorstep delivery of FMC’s leading products via the app, as it is directly linked to FMC’s brand store on Amazon.

Farmers can now access the Arc™ farm intelligence platform by downloading the app on their mobile devices from iOS and Android app stores. The multi-lingual app is available in Hindi, English, Tamil, Telugu, Kannada and Marathi languages.

The digital platform simplifies smart farming by

The campaign promises a series of exciting events, including tractor rallies and customer meets, bringing together the Swaraj sales team, local farmers, channel partners and influencers.

 Swaraj Tractors, a part of the Mahindra Group, proudly commenced a nationwide van campaign ‘Josh Ka Swaran Utsav’ coinciding with brands Golden Jubilee. Through the campaign Swaraj Tractors aims to pay tribute to Indian farmers instrumental in the brands success, while introducing Swaraj’s new range of tractors – ‘Naya Swaraj’ to forge stronger connections with farmers across the country.

To symbolise 50 years of excellence, Swaraj has launched ‘Josh ka Swaran Utsav’ campaign, embarking on an extensive journey across the country, starting from North India. This initiative will serve as a dynamic platform for direct engagement with farmers and spread awareness about Naya Swaraj.

The campaign promises a series of exciting events, including tractor rallies and customer meets, bringing together the Swaraj sales team, local farmers, channel partners and influencers. The initiative is expected to attract enthusiastic participation, enabling Swaraj to connect with over 50,000 customers directly.

Flagging off the ‘Josh ka Swaran Utsav’ campaign from one of Swaraj’s Tractors oldest manufacturing plants in Mohali, Hemant Sikka, President – Farm Equipment Sector, Mahindra & Mahindra Ltd., emphasized the significance of the celebration, stating that, “As we embark on this momentous journey, we honour the invaluable role of farmers in Swaraj’s success story. This Golden Jubilee celebration is a testament to our commitment to serving and empowering farmers across India.”

 Harish Chavan, CEO – Swaraj Division, Mahindra & Mahindra Ltd., highlighted the trust between Swaraj and its customers, stating, “At Swaraj we have the privilege to experience the unwavering trust and loyalty of our customers and the ‘Josh ka Swaran Utsav’ campaign is a gesture to acknowledge and thank farmers and the farming communities for their contribution in our success. By introducing Naya Swaraj, we aspire to continue our endeavour of empowering farmers and deepen our bond with them.”

During the campaign, Swaraj will showcase its latest range of tractors and farm equipment, while also seizing the opportunity to raise awareness about sustainable agriculture practices.

The campaign promises a series of exciting

Julio Triana is currently Head of Commercial Operations Region International for Bayer’s Pharmaceuticals Division

The Supervisory Board of Bayer AG has appointed Julio Triana to Bayer’s Board of Management effective April 1, 2024. He will become President of the Consumer Health Division effective May 1, 2024, and succeed Heiko Schipper, who has asked the Supervisory Board to bring forward the end date of his contract to pursue a career opportunity outside of Bayer. Schipper will leave the company effective April 30, 2024. 

Julio Triana is currently Head of Commercial Operations Region International for Bayer’s Pharmaceuticals Division, a member of the Division’s Executive Committee as well as the Senior Bayer Representative Japan and President of Bayer Holding, Ltd. Japan. Triana is a very seasoned executive with a dynamic 30-year career in the global healthcare industry. He joined Bayer in 2002 and has held roles of increasing responsibility in Finance, Strategy, Business Development and most recently Commercial Operations, among others. Triana holds an MBA from Universidad Antonio de Nebrija (Madrid, Spain) as well as a Bachelor of Science in Biology from the University of Houston (Houston, Texas, USA). He has comprehensive experience in leading and transforming large organizations across multiple functions and in different cultural contexts with a strong track record of successful market expansions, sustainable revenue growth and orchestrating complex integrations.

Julio Triana is currently Head of Commercial Operations

 Participants were trained about the intricate process of honeybee pollination and its profound impact on crop yields and quality.

FMC India, an agricultural sciences company, has successfully completed its final training program in Sitarganj, in collaboration with the prestigious G.B. Pant University of Agriculture & Technology (GBPUAT). The initiative is a part of FMC’s flagship project Madhu Shakti that aims to develop entrepreneurship among rural women through beekeeping.

Organized at the GBPUAT’s campus in Pant Nagar, Uttarakhand the weeklong training program was attended by more than 40 participants, including a select group of 38 women farmers from various villages of Uttarakhand. Featuring a well-structured curriculum comprising theoretical sessions on beekeeping fundamentals, interactive workshops, and hands-on practical activities. Participants were trained about the intricate process of honeybee pollination and its profound impact on crop yields and quality. Practical skills, such as relocating natural colonies to bee boxes, were also a focal point. Beyond technical and practical skills, the program placed a significant emphasis on cultivating an entrepreneurial mindset among the participants.   

 Ravi Annavarapu, President, FMC India said, “It gives us immense joy to see how project Madhu Shakti is progressing in its second year with relentless support from our partners, GB Pant University.  At FMC, our mission is to foster women’s entrepreneurship and sustainable agricultural practices in the rural Uttarakhand region through this project. The completion of this training program in beekeeping is a significant step towards empowering women farmers and leaving a positive mark on the agricultural landscape in the region. Our team’s unwavering commitment highlights our vision for a future that is inclusive as well as sustainable for rural communities in Uttarakhand.”

At the end of the week, all trainees were provided with bee colonies and the requisite kits for bee rearing. As certified master trainers, the women trained in the session are also responsible for imparting their acquired knowledge to others, further fostering entrepreneurship opportunities among rural women in the region.

With the training completed, GBPUAT will now focus on encouraging farmers to increase bee colonies on their farms and optimize their product yields. The university will conduct periodic visits to the designated region, ensuring that every master trainer monitors and leads in disseminating the acquired knowledge to fellow farmers. Additionally, the university will work with FMC India to develop a detailed protocol for the application of crop protection products for selected crops. 

Madhu Shakti is a three-year long initiative launched in May 2022 in collaboration with the GBPAUT. The project is in its third year and progressing successfully in three selected locations: Almora, Kotabagh, and Sitarganj.

 Participants were trained about the intricate process

The event aims to set new benchmarks for the industry, influencing future agricultural practices & policies in India.

The Indian Micro Fertilizers Manufacturers Association (IMMA), India’s premier manufacturers association is thrilled to announce the hosting of the 4th National Crop Nutrition Summit at the Jio World Convention Centre, Mumbai, on 2nd February 2024. This summit, themed “Enabling Innovation through Agri-Tech & Policy Dialogues” promises to be a landmark event featuring distinguished guests and speakers from different disciplines of the agriculture industry.

The 4th National Crop Nutrition Summit will convene thought/through leaders, policymakers, industry experts, and innovators to discuss the future of agriculture, focusing on sustainable nutrient management solutions, technological advancements, and policy support. The summit’s agenda includes keynote addresses, panel discussions, and interactive workshops, offering insights into the latest trends and best practices in the sector.

Dr. Rahul Mirchandani, President, IMMA said, “The 4th National Crop Nutrition Summit is not just an event; it’s a beacon for the future of agriculture in India. We are gathering the best minds to create a sustainable and technologically advanced roadmap for Indian agriculture. This summit will be a turning point in how we approach crop nutrition and farming sustainability.”

Key topics at the summit will cover the critical role of micronutrients in soil health, the integration of cutting-edge ag-tech in farming, and strategies for eco-friendly crop production. The event aims to set new benchmarks for the industry, influencing future agricultural practices and policies in India.

In addition to the informative sessions, the summit will offer numerous networking opportunities, allowing attendees to connect with industry peers and explore potential collaborations. It is an ideal platform for anyone involved in the agricultural sector to gain knowledge, share experiences, and contribute to the shaping of India’s agricultural future.

For detailed information on the summit’s agenda, speakers, and registration details, please visit https://imma.co.in/

The event aims to set new benchmarks

By Harshvardhan Bhagchandka, President, IPL Biologicals

Driven by factors such as increasing demand for organic and natural products, rising concerns about food safety and security, and a growing focus on sustainable agriculture practices, the growth prospects for biological solutions in the agri-industry look promising in 2024 as well.

There is no denying the fact that India is a country with an agrarian economy, where a large number of people depend on agriculture. And in today’s ever-evolving era, various crop cultivations have revealed the country’s agricultural wealth. The country’s economy relies greatly on agriculture, providing employment and food security for its large citizenry. To highlight this fact, Statista indicates that more than 151 million people earn their living in this industry, which generates diverse advantages and accounts for approximately 18 per cent of the country’s GDP.

Nonetheless, in addition to the benefits, other health and environmental problems have taken centre stage, causing negative consequences for the agriculture sector and threatening its viability. Issues such as soil degradation, water scarcity, and the excessive and injudicious use of pesticides have led to decreased crop yields and increased health risks for farmers and consumers. In a bid to address these challenges, various trends have emerged, including sustainable farming practices, technical developments, and government laws decreasing chemical inputs and boosting organic sustainable farming. Nevertheless, it is still a complex process to achieve agricultural production while considering protecting the environment and safeguarding the health of farming populations.

Despite various trends, biological solutions have emerged as a beacon of hope to address these concerns. In agriculture, biological solutions refer to the use of natural creatures such as beneficial insects, microbes, bacteria, and fungi to manage pests and diseases, improve soil health, and boost crop growth. They are gaining popularity because they can lessen reliance on synthetic pesticides and fertilisers, thereby avoiding harmful environmental and human health implications. The biological solutions are equally sustainable in the long run, as they promote biodiversity and ensure ecosystem-based services necessary for a robust farm system. Thus, biological solutions come forth as a sustainable approach to farming that can help reduce the negative impact of conventional agriculture on the environment and human health.

Biological solutions: A cognizance and its types

Have you ever wondered how we can make agriculture more sustainable? Well, the answer lies in the use of biological solutions! These amazing products are derived from natural sources and work in tandem with traditional synthetic solutions to create a better environment for our crops. But wait, not all biological solutions are created equal! While some are certified organic, others are not. But not to worry, because these products come in a variety of forms, including biostimulants, biofertilisers, biofungicides, bioinsecticides, and many more.

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By Harshvardhan Bhagchandka, President, IPL BiologicalsDriven by

The program educated medical fraternity to recognize and treat symptoms of agrochemical poisoning effectively.

FMC India, an agricultural sciences company, concluded a safety awareness program for the farming community in Akola district on using agrochemicals in a safe and judicious manner, in partnership with the Agriculture Department of the Government of Maharashtra. The program educated Doctors in the district to recognize symptoms of agrochemical poisoning and treat chemical exposed patients effectively. 

The safety awareness program covered 7,500 farmers and 80 Doctors. The program saw participation from senior Maharashtra government officials, the district health officer, and Dr. Jay Shah from the FMC Poison Control Center.  The workshop was aimed at preparing the medical community in rural Maharashtra, which has experienced a steady stream of reports of exposure cases in recent years. This was done by teaching local physicians the fundamentals of treating accidental pesticide exposure. 

FMC India started the awareness program in 2020 in Akola district to promote the adoption of safe agricultural practices and prevent accidental cases of agrochemical poisoning amongst the farming community. This year, the workshop was attended by more than 75 doctors operating across Akola, including the District Agriculture Officer and the District Health Officer with their respective teams.  

 Ravi Annavarapu, President, FMC India said, “FMC India has always demonstrated a strong commitment to the well-being of India’s farming community. Through this safety awareness program, we want to improve farmers’ awareness and knowledge of using agrochemicals in a safe manner, while preventing accidental poisoning. Every year, FMC provides more than a million farmers in India with training on the responsible and safe use of pesticides. We believed it was appropriate to provide local physicians with the same training in order to assist them in detecting and treating any cases of pesticide exposure. We will steadily scale up the program to reach the wider farming community in the state.”

FMC India has a track record in supporting the farming community through initiatives and outreach programs like Project Samarth (Safe Water Initiative), UGAM (promotion of good soil health practices), and Project Madhushakti (collaboration with GB Pant University to develop entrepreneurship among rural women through beekeeping). 

The program educated medical fraternity to recognize