CCFI to host conference on food security

Last Updated: Thu, Jan 31, 2013 09:11 hrs

The Crop Care Federation of India (CCFI) in order to address the critical issues of food security, agricultural sustainability and policies for food crisis alleviation is hosting a three day conference on 'Doubling food production in five years', at New Delhi.

The underlying premise of this three day conclusive convention focuses on reviewing the current state of Indian agriculture, innovations, sustainable food policies and the effectual balance required for protection of ecology and environment while ensuring profitable agriculture for the farmer and a hunger free India and world.

The conference is scheduled from Feb 1 to 3 at the Vigyan Bhawan, New Delhi.

According to CCFI, today a number of government initiatives exist for the benefit of the sector including Centrally Sponsored Scheme on National Food Security Mission to enhance production, National Rainfed Area Authority (NRAA) to focus on problems in the rainfed areas, schemes of debt waiver for small and marginal farmers and debt relief for other farmers and Agricultural Technology Management Agencies (ATMAs) that were set up in 565 districts.

Nevertheless there exists a clear need for coordinated action to even meet the food grain requirement of the proposed National Security bill, said CCFI.

Commenting on the importance of food security, Chairman, CCFI, R.D. Shroff said, "With the world population expected to reach nearly 9 billion by 2050, food security at a global and national level needs to be a key priority."

"Not only is the amount required to be fed increasing, climate change are also leading to a reduction in available arable land and water resources. This double impact needs proactive and urgent measures in collaborative brainstorming, policy and action across national and state governments, producers, technologists, environmentalists and the consumers."

Shroff added, "The goal of this conference is to source the best platforms for encompassing suitable resolutions for food crisis, self dependency and public policy."

CCFI said the conference will be inaugurated by President Pranab Mukherjee along with Union Minister for Agriculture, Sharad Pawar and Minister of State for Chemicals and Fertilizers Shrikant Kumar Jena.

Deputy Chairman, Planning Commission, Montek Singh Ahluwalia will deliver the keynote address at a banquet in the evening, CCFI noted.

The proceedings of the first day will include a panel discussion on the role of key stakeholders in increasing food production, innovation in agriculture and extension work.

The second day's sessions include panel discussions on cooperation between government and regulatory authorities, role of seeds and GM crops in doubling food production, government policies & post harvest management, Agrochemicals and international experiences in agricultural productivity improvement.

Some key panelists for the day comprise of Dr RB Singh, Dr Patrick Moore, Dr Ayyappan (DG ICAR), Dr. Mauricio Antonio Lopes (President, EMBRAPA, Brazil) and renowned economist and professor, Dr. Bibek Debroy (Center for Policy Research), to name a few.

The final day's events include the valedictory function which will be led by MP Sushma Swaraj. This will be followed by felicitations and remarks by renowned speakers from various institutions, thus culminating the conference.

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