Agriculture Committee

Indian Economic Trade Organization

IETO’S vision for Sustainable Food and Agriculture was developed in support to its Strategic Objective to Make agriculture, forestry and fisheries more productive and more sustainable. It is a vision of a world in which food is nutritious and accessible for everyone and natural resources are managed in a way that maintain ecosystem functions to support current as well as future human needs. In this vision, farmers, livestock experts, fisheries, foresters and other rural dwellers have the opportunity to actively participate in, and benefit from, economic development, have decent employment conditions and work in a fair price environment. Rural men, women, and communities live in security, and have control over their livelihoods and equitable access to resources which they use in an efficient way.

IETO Agriculture Delegation to Israel

The Delegation from Karnataka state in India visited Israel to initiate collaborations in Agriculture and Irrigation.  The Delegation initiated by Indian Economic Trade Organization was led by the Chief Minister of Karnataka Mr. H.D. Kumaraswamy, Professor Rangappa – Vice Chancellor of the Mysore University, Mr. Basavaraj Horatti from Hubli, Mr. Puttaraju, Member of Parliament. During the time the delegation visited various companies in Israel that specialized in Agriculture and Irrigation. Kumaraswamy brought back smart solutions such as drip and micro-irrigation adopted by Israel to benefit farmers of drought-prone regions, has now set aside Rs 150 crore for providing Israeli model irrigation facilities for 5 districts in Karnataka. He has also mooted a government-farmer partnership to find solutions to the problems plaguing the cultivators through the setting up of Karnataka State Farmers Advisory Committee (KSFAC).

IETO Agriculture Delegation to Armenia

The Delegation from IETO visited Republic of Armenia to initiate collaborations in Agriculture, Education, IT and Electric vehicle Mobility with focus on Agri Technologies.  The Delegation initiated by Indian Economic Trade Organization was led by the President of the IETO Dr. Asif Iqbal, Chairman of the BEST University Mr. Bharat Lal Meena, Vice Chancellor of the BEST University Mr. Ashok Alur  who is also the Chairman of Agriculture Committee of the IETO. During the time the delegation visited various companies and Govt departments, Universities in Armenia that specialized in Agriculture and Irrigation. IETO brought back solutions such as pledging support with knowledge sharing in matters of Agriculture co-operation and to create India centre of Agriculture Excellence in Dilijan. Dr Alur has also mooted a government-farmer partnership to collaborate on the Bilateral co-operation activities between the two countries.
Delegation meeting with the Nobel Laurete in Israel
Ambassador of Israel in India and the Consul General of Israel in Bangalore
Chief Minister of AP , Mr. YS Jagan Mohan Reddy
Palestine Agriculture Association meeting with the Delegation

Background

Agriculture production systems around the world are facing unprecedented challenges from an increasing demand for food for a growing population, high competition over dwindling natural resources, loss of biodiversity, emerging pests and diseases, and the adverse effects of climate change.

Global food and nutrition security is under threat, with the livelihoods of smallholder farmers and producers who depend on agriculture, forestry and fisheries being particularly at risk. A fundamental shift in policies and practices is required at global and national levels to drive the transition to sustainable food and agriculture, promote innovations, strengthen science-led decision making, local capacities, and technologies to reconcile environmental, economic and social demands, while balancing synergies and trade-offs.

To provide for a population projected to reach 9.3 billion in 2050 and support changing dietary patterns, estimates are that food production will need to increase from the current 8.4 billion tonnes to almost 13.5 billion tonnes a year.

A common vision for Sustainable Food and Agriculture must equally address social, economic and environmental dimensions to ensure sustainability.

Neglecting any one area jeopardizes the attainment of sustainability in others. The principles which can collectively guide the process of transition to greater sustainability are summarized as

Increase productivity, employment and value addition in food systems

– Protect and enhance natural resources
(Both the above directly support the natural system)
– Improve livelihoods and foster inclusive economic growth
(Support the human system)
– Enhance the resilience of people, communities and ecosystems
– Adapt governance to new challenges
(Support both natural and human systems)

Growth in the agriculture sector may well be judged by the increase in agricultural production over time. In economic terms, relative changes in prices of different crops also may effect substitution.

In 2016, agriculture and allied sectors like animal husbandry, forestry and fisheries accounted for 15.4% of the GDP (gross domestic product) with about 31% of the workforce in 2014. India ranks first in the world with highest net cropped area followed by US and China.  The economic contribution of agriculture to India’s GDP is steadily declining with the country’s broad-based economic growth. Still, agriculture is demographically the broadest economic sector and plays a significant role in the overall socio-economic fabric of India.

India exported $38 billion worth of agricultural products in 2013, making it the seventh largest agricultural exporter worldwide and the sixth largest net exporter. Most of its agriculture exports serve developing and least developed nations. Indian agricultural/horticultural and processed foods are exported to more than 120 countries, primarily to the Japan.

President of the IETO Dr. Asif Iqbal met the Secretary General of the Food and Agriculture Organization(FAO) Mr. Pascal Liu at the OECD Agriculture Conference in Paris for support to Indian Agriculture.
Mr. Bharat Lal Meena the Chairman of the BEST University in India was a part of the IETO Delegation and he signed MOU with the Agriculture University in Aremenia during the India Armenia Business summit in Yerevan city.
Mr. Ashok Alur, the Chairman of the Agriculture Committee of the IETO addressed the businessmen in Armenia to brief them of the various strengths India can bring to collaborate in Armenia.

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