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Seminar on How to Double Food Production-In Five years An Indo - Dutch Approach
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  • “It is imperative that any initiative taken in Agriculture sector helps us in increasing the farmers’ income which is crucial for increasing food production.” said Mr Sanjeev Chopra, Joint Secretary & Mission Director, National Horticulture Mission & National Mission on Micro Irrigation, Ministry of Agriculture, Govt. of India. He further appreciated the setting of Centres of Excellence in several states of India under the Indo – Dutch collaboration and said that such COEs are a welcome step and it compels us to think big and scale certain milestones”.

 

  • Mr Chopra was addressing, industry representatives, academia and government & embassy officials at the Seminar on “How to Double Food Production-In Five years– An Indo - Dutch Approach” which was organized jointly by CII Northern Region and The Netherlands Embassy. Mr Chopra, shared that an agreement between Indian & Dutch Government was signed for cooperation in the area of agriculture/food are defined. For this Centers of Excellence (CoE) are being established in some of the states in India, namely Maharashtra, Karnataka, Gujarat, Punjab, West Bengal and Kerala for horticulture, dairy and meat processing. He also stressed that for the success of this initiative proper procedure is very important.

 

  • Presenting the Theme Address, the Netherlands Ambassador HE Alphonsus Stoelinga, said that Dutch have always felt at home in India as Dutch traders have come to India four hundred years ago. Today we are here to create a new relationship in the agriculture sector by collaborating with India on the COEs that are big set up in the states of India.

 

  • Mrs Anuradha Prasad, Joint Secretary, Ministry of Food Processing Industries and Mrs Rajni Sekri Sibal, Joint Secretary Animal Husbandry, Ministry of Agriculture also addressed the delegates at the Seminar.

 

  • Mr Jan Hak, Chairman, Netherlands Agro Food & Technology Center in his address mentioned that NAFTC is a public private partnership representing Dutch Agriculture, Food & Agro/Food Technology enterprises in selected countries and is the implementation body from the Dutch side. He also shared that NAFTC will be working with the respective states to make these CoEs approach sustainable.

 

  • In his concluding remarks, Mr Arie Veldhuizen, Counselor for Agriculture, Nature & Food Quality, Embassy of the Netherlands stressed that these CoEs are important for achieving the goal of Doubling the food production in next five years and proper roadmap is being jointly prepared by Indian & Dutch Government for successful implementation & evaluation of the Centers of Excellence.

  • Earlier in the day, while welcoming the delegates, Mr Salil Singhal, Chairman, CII National Council of Agriculture &Chairman, PI Industries said that CII has always whole heartedly supported the initiatives towards the development of sectors that are crucial to the growth of the country and is also supporting this initiative of the Embassy of Netherlands where they are setting up Centers of excellence in various states of India, with an aim of doubling the food production in the country in next five years. Mr Singhal also highlighted that the CII National Council on Agriculture has taken up Rejuvenating Indian Agriculture as its key priority agenda and with this objective the Council has actively engaged with the Government, both at the Central and State levels.

 

  • The Seminar marked the presence of eminent speakers from ICAR, National Horticulture Mission and Dutch Institutes & Companies.

 

  • The Seminar was well attended by over 150 delegates from all over India which included Government officials from the States of Maharashtra, Karnataka, Gujarat, Punjab, West Bengal and Kerala, representatives from Agriculture Institutes (Indian as well as Dutch), farmers, and industry. In the evening a networking Dinner was hosted by The Netherlands Ambassador at his residence which was attended by more than 200 guests from different Embassies. Govt officials, industry and institutes.
 
Description

Agriculture in India is at the threshold of the transformation. Agriculture in India has come a long way in providing Food Security and Employment Generation. It employs 60% of the work force but contributes only 15% to the nations output and keeping the production ahead of our increasing population is a difficult task. In the current scenario to grow and feed our population, we need to focus on increasing yields, environmental sustainability, and inclusiveness through right strategies, policies and interventions.

An Indo-Dutch action plan was signed in May 2012 between Ministry of Agriculture, Govt of India and Ministry of Economic Affairs, the Netherlands during the visit of Hon’ble Agriculture Minister Mr Sharad Pawar. In this agreement many areas of cooperation in agriculture/food are defined. One of which would be establishing Centres of Excellence (CoE) in different states. CoEs will be a showcase of Indo- Dutch cooperation in agriculture. The strategy would be to work through in different states via CoE, which will in principle, be a platform provided by the Indo- Dutch Govt., where various projects in horticulture, dairy, meat processing could be initiated, coordinated and evaluated. Netherlands Agro Food Technology Centre (NAFTC) will be the implementation body from the Dutch side which will be working with the respective states to make these CoEs approach sustainable. NAFTC is a public private partnership representing Dutch Agriculture, Food & Agro/Food Technology enterprises in selected countries. NAFTC facilitates business development for its members and has established offices in India (NAFTC-India) and China (NAFTC-China).

With this background, a seminar on “How to Double the Food Production in 5 years- An Indo-Dutch Approach” was organized jointly by CII and the Embassy of Netherlands. The objective of the seminar was to strengthen Indo- Dutch trade relation in agriculture, horticulture, dairy, poultry and livestock sector.

The Seminar  witnessed eminent experts from the field of agriculture and allied sectors, senior Government Officials from the Ministry Of Agriculture and states like Maharashtra, Karnataka, Gujarat, Punjab, West Bengal and Kerala, who are involved in this project. The senior State Government representatives were having a steering Committee meeting at Ministry of Agriculture, Krishi Bhawan in the morning and were addressing the seminar in the evening to steer a practical strategy towards the way forward to Double Food Production.

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National Seminar Focuses on Doubling Food Production in Five years through an Indo - Dutch Approach
Mr Salil Singhal, Chairman, CII National Council of Agriculture & Chairman, PI Industries delivering Welcome & Opening Remarks at the inaugural session of the Seminar on How to Double Food Production-In Five years – An Indo - Dutch Approach.
HE Alphonsus Stoelinga, Ambassador, Embassy of the Netherlands delivering theme address at the the Seminar on How to Double Food Production-In Five years – An Indo - Dutch Approach
Mrs Anuradha Prasad, Joint Secretary, Ministry of Food Processing Industries delivering special address at the inaugural session of the Seminar on How to Double Food Production-In Five years – An Indo - Dutch Approach.
Mrs Rajni Sekhri Sibal, Joint Secretary (Animal Husbandry & Dairy), Dept. of Animal Husbandry, Dairy & Fisheries, Ministry of Agriculture delivering special address at the inaugural session of the Seminar on How to Double Food Production-In Five years – An Indo - Dutch Approach.
Ms Sara Knijff, Deputy Director, Ministry of Economic Affairs, Netherlands delivering special address at the inaugural session of the Seminar on How to Double Food Production-In Five years – An Indo - Dutch Approach.
Mr Jan Hak, Chairman, Netherlands Agro Food & Technology Center delivering special address at the inaugural session of the Seminar on How to Double Food Production-In Five years – An Indo - Dutch Approach.
Mr Sanjeev Chopra, Joint Secretary & Mission Director, National Horticulture Mission & National Mission on Micro Irrigation Ministry of Agriculture, Govt of India addressing at the Seminar on How to Double Food Production-In Five years – An Indo - Dutch Approach
Mr Arie Veldhuizen, Counselor for Agriculture, Nature & Food Quality, Embassy of the Netherlands delivering concluding remarks at the inaugural session of the Seminar on How to Double Food Production-In Five years – An Indo - Dutch Approach.
Akshay Bector, Owner, Mrs Bector Foods delivering opening remarks at the Session II of the Seminar on How to Double Food Production-In Five years – An Indo - Dutch Approach.
How to Double Food Production-In Five years, Implementation view by Dutch government by Mr Marijn Leijten, Director, NAFTC-India – An Indo - Dutch Approach
Dr R P Dua, Astt. Director General, Food & Fodder Crops, ICAR delivering “Double Food Production in five years - Developments in Indian Scientific area” at the Session II of the Seminar on How to Double Food Production-In Five years – An Indo - Dutch Approach.
Double Food Production in five years - Grain Production in Scientific Way by Prof Anton Haverkort, Crop Ecologist & Plant Research, Wageningen UR
Dr Bernard De Geus, Director, Top Technology, Institute Green Genetics- TTIGG delivering “White Paper: Breeding for Abiotic Stress - Tolerance to Increase Food Security” at the Session II of the Seminar on How to Double Food Production-In Five years – An Indo - Dutch Approach.
Mr Arie Veldhuizen, Agricultural Counsellor, Embassy of Netherlands delivering concluding remarks at the Session II of the Seminar on How to Double Food Production-In Five years – An Indo - Dutch Approach.
 
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