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  • Delhi hosts international agriculture conference: Prime Minister to deliver valedictory address at TERI event

    15 May 2006

    Indian agriculture appears to have reached a plateau and the Prime Minister has been emphasizing the need for new initiatives to boost agricultural output and yields. This would not only be essential for ensuring healthy economic growth in the country but also for improving the livelihoods of the poor in rural India.

    To define the challenge ahead for Indian agriculture and to deliberate on solutions by which agricultural activity could be raised to a higher level of performance in pursuit of the objectives of sustainable development, TERI is organizing an International Conference on Agriculture for Food, Nutritional Security, and Rural Growth from 25 to 27 May 2006 at New Delhi. The conference is being organized on the occasion of the birth centenary of Dr B P Pal, the first Director-General of the Indian Council of Agricultural Research and a great visionary who initiated the Green Revolution during the 1960s.

    In addition to The Prime Minister, Dr Manmohan Singh, the conference will attract a host of luminaries like Dr Montek Singh Ahluwalia, Deputy Chairman, Planning commission; Dr Karan Singh, former Member of Parliament; Captain Satish Sharma, Hon'ble Member of Parliament; Mr Kapil Sibal, Hon'ble Minister of Science and Technology and Ocean Development; Prof. M S Swaminathan, Chairman, MSSRF; Dr Prodipto Ghosh, Secretary, Ministry of Environment & Forest; Dr Idah Sithole-Niag, PBS Coordinator Southern Africa, Biochemistry Departmen, University of Zimbabwe; among many others.

    Talking about the upcoming conference, Dr R K Pachauri, Director-General, TERI, said, "It is indeed heartening to know that the Green Revolution initiated by Dr B P Pal and Dr M S Swaminathan, with the involvement of a large number of stakeholders across the country, brought about a major change in agricultural activity and increased outputs in a relatively short period of time. India's dependence on agriculture for maintaining healthy economic growth remains paramount. So also does the plight of the majority of our population whose livelihoods are totally linked with agricultural activity. If India has to maintain a growth rate of 8%-10% per annum, an appreciable increase in agriculture activity would be an essential prerequisite. Agricultural development and the attainment of higher levels of output with minimal environmental and ecological impacts would, therefore, be essential for ensuring equitable growth and development".

    The conference is envisaged as a forum in which a road map for food and nutritional security based on sustainable agricultural practices would be evolved on the basis of enlightened deliberations among a distinguished set of speakers and participants. Over 40 eminent speakers from government/various research institutions and the corporate sector will share their experiences on the subject and approximately 350 participants including postgraduate and doctoral students, and young scientists from India and overseas are likely to deliberate on important issues related to food and nutritional security in the three-day conference.

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