Conference on Crop Diversification
  • An effective road map which helps increase farmers's income and ensures implementation at the State and Central level is the key to successful Crop Diversification : Mr Sanjeev Chopra, Joint Secretary & Mission Director, National Horticulture Mission & National Mission on Micro Irrigation, Ministry of Agriculture, Govt.of India.

    Intensive deliberations were witnessed amongst the panelists at the Conference on Crop Diversification- "A Holistic Approach towards Sustainability in Agriculture" organized by CII Northern region where the Chief Guest Mr Sanjeev Chopra, Joint Secretary & Mission Director, National Horticulture Mission & National Mission on Micro Irrigation Ministry of Agriculture, GOI shared that Crop Diversification is the key to increasing higher nutrition level, conserving natural resources  as well as  income augmentation, employment generation.

    He added that the fact that nature itself is very diverse cannot be ignored.

    Responding to the support required for extension services in districts , Mr Chopra said that  extension services can be strengthened effectively through Zila Panchayats. He also suggested that diversification will be successful only if the ownership is taken by the Zila Panchayats.
  • Presenting the Theme Address Mr R G Agarwal, Chairman Dhanuka Agritech Ltd, recommended that the focus should be from high water intensive crops to less water intensive crops. He also suggested that we should diversify to pulses & oilseeds. He emphasized that techniques like systematic rice intensification, zero tillage, integrated crop management should be promoted at all levels.
  • Mr Ajay Jakhar, President Bharat Krishak Samaj, in his address mentioned some concerns that need to be addressed for Crop Diversification to be successful. He mentioned that farmers need to be made more aware of alternate crops and need to be assured of a market for their produce. He emphasized upon the need for proper infrastructure for storage of the agriculture produce.
  • Dr M S Sandhu, Director Agriculture, Department of Agriculture, Government of Punjab in his address mentioned that a farmer will agree to crop diversification or change the cropping cycle only if he gets a better value compared to whatever  he is getting presently. He also mentioned that the agro processing units should be promoted to utilize the full benefits of Crop Diversification.
  • Mr Arie Veldhuizen, Counselor for Agriculture, Nature & Food Quality, Embassy of the Netherlands gave the examples of Netherlands for Crop Diversification. He appreciated the Indo Dutch project started by government of India and the role of National Horticulture Mission in giving the impetus for crop Diversification.
  • Mr B B Singh, AVP, Tata Chemicals Ltd, mentioned that farmers need practical solution for their problems. He also suggested that Government should announce crop holidays by giving proper compensation to the farmers. This will improve soil health water table and environment. He also emphasized on the need of land reforms, skill building, mechanization & digitalization of geo referencing data.
  • Earlier in the day, while welcoming the delegates, Dr Arvind Kapur, Chief Executive Officer, Rasi Seeds Pvt Ltd, the Conference chairman said that a strategic approach should be adopted and meticulous planning is needed to achieve the target of crop diversification. The Conference marked the presence of renowned speakers including Dr J S Sandhu, Seed Expert for Asia Pacific & Africa, Consultant World Bank; Mr Jang Bahadur Sangha, Member, Regional Committee of Food & Agriculture & Managing Director Sangha Seeds, Mr Nitin Puri, Group Executive Vice President, Food Agri Strategic Advisory Research, Yes Bank Ltd: Mr Rajvir Rathi, General Manager – Market Acceptance- South & East Asia, Bayer Crop Science:  Mr B B Singh, Assistant Vice President, Tata Chemicals Ltd: Mr Sanjeev Nagpal, Managing Director, Nasa Agro Industries Ltd, Mr Ajai Rana, Chief Executive Officer, Savannah Seeds Pvt Ltd: Mr Ravishankar C, Category Lead, Monsanto India Limited, Dr V P S Arora, Dean Amity University, Ex- Vice Chancellor Kumaon University.     
  • The Conference was well attended by over 100 delegates from all over India which included  Government officials, representatives from Agriculture Institutes, farmers, and industry.

Conference on Crop Diversification orgainzed by CII on 7 March 2013 at New Delhi.


Indian agriculture has been undergoing spectacular changes in recent period. These changes are manifestations of large scale commercialization and diversification taking place in the agricultural sector. They broadly include cultivation of new crops and varieties, increase in the share of area under cash crops, large scale spread of livestock activities and fisheries, pursuance of hi-tech agriculture in the areas of aquaculture, bio-technology, horticulture, processing, etc.


Crop diversification can be a useful means to increase crop output under different situations. Crop diversification is one of the Key Thrust Areas in today’s scenario where the continuous wheat- paddy cropping system has led to a reduction not only in crop productivity but also led to irreversible damage to the soil and associated natural resources. The water table in the paddy growing areas has reduced drastically. Moreover, summer paddy is prevalent in many states which is cultivated only by irrigation as there is no rain during the dry season. All these problems have the only solution i.e. Crop Diversification. It could be a very important instrument for food and nutrition security, income growth, poverty alleviation, employment generation, judicious use of natural resources, sustainable agricultural development, and environmental and ecological management /improvement.


Keeping this in mind, Confederation of Indian Industry had organized a Conference on Crop Diversification-“A Holistic Approach towards Sustainability in Agriculture” on 7th March 2013 at India Habitat Centre, New Delhi. The event was organized to provide an impetus to the concept of Crop Diversification by creating awareness and showcasing its benefits for the overall growth of the agri industry.

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Presentation by Mr R G Agarwal, Chairman, Dhanuka Agritech Ltd at the Conference on Crop Diversification.
Nities in Crop Diversification in India” by Mr Nitin Puri, Group Executive Vice President, Food Agri Strategic Advisory Research, Yes Bank Ltd
Crop Diversification: Constraiints and Strategies by Dr V P S Arora, Dean Amity University, Ex- Vice Chancellor Kumaon University
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