Kochi: Union Minister for Agriculture, Shri Radha Mohan Singh inaugurated the Global Agro Meet, a two-day international expo on high-tech agriculture, organic farming and value addition in Kochi, Kerala.
In his inaugural address, the Minister noted that Kerala was a state with 23 different agro-climatic zones, and asked the State to take advantage of its unique environment. “Agriculture yields are being affected by climate change. We have to increase agricultural production by developing high yielding varieties of climate resilient crops, to feed our increasing population.” He assured that steps would be taken to make the knowledge that is being created in the research institutes available to the farmers on the field.
Chief Minister, Shri Oommen Chandy who presided over the function said that the session was aimed at building the confidence of the farmers in the state. “The Global Agro Meet will expose our farmers and entrepreneurs to the latest technologies and schemes in agriculture, while creating opportunities to showcase our products globally.” He added that the State would give all help to the young entrepreneurs in the state, who come up with ventures in the sector.
Alphonsus Stoelinga, Ambassador of the Netherlands to India said that three centres of excellence in horticulture, piggery and dairy will be established in Kerala.
The two-day meet is being organized by the State agricultural department, in association with Kerala State Industrial Development Corporation (KSIDC) and the Confederation of Indian Industry (CII), to highlight the investment potential in agriculture and related sectors in the state. Nine technical sessions on various aspects of agriculture and allied activities are being held as part of the meet.
The meet is being attended by around 1,000 industrialists from the agro-sector, and over 100 foreign delegates. More than 10,000 agriculturists from the State are expected to attend the meet in the coming two days.
The international exhibition of organic products, BioFach India and India Organic 2014, organized by Nurnberg Messe India Pvt. Ltd in collaboration with Department of Agriculture, Government of Kerala and International Competence Centre for Organic Agriculture (ICCOA), are concurrently taking place along with the meet. The exhibition has 150 stalls in which global leaders in organic agribusiness are showcasing their wares.
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