4 days, 8 countries: Agro Tech 2012 to kick off from December 1

In its 10th edition, India's premier biennial agriculture fair, CII Agro Tech 2012, will be grander and bigger with new themes, exclusive hangers, a bigger international presence with the participation of 45 foreign exhibitors from eight countries and crisper kisan gosthis.

The four-day extravaganza will get under way from December 1. The fair generated a footfall of 35,000 in its last edition and is expecting to double the figure to 70,000. Comprising nine concurrent shows, for the first time, it will have an exclusive hanger themed Implementex for agri and farm implements and Sugar Tech to showcase the best and latest in sugar co-generation and distillation, sugar manufacturing technology and equipment.

The show ' Farm Services' will focus on agri-commerce technology, Farm Tech on farm machinery and equipment. Food Expo on processed and packaged food, Food Tech on food processing technology, logistics and equipment, Good Earth on agricultural inputs and farming techniques, Livestock Expo on livestock management and Water and Irrigation Management on farm water resource management.

As the country braces itself for meeting the challenge of feeding more people from the same land, the focus of Agro Tech 2012 will be sustainable agriculture. "While more than half of our population is engaged in agriculture, it contributes just 14 per cent to the national income. To achieve Planning Commission's growth target of four per cent in the 12th Five Year Plan, agriculture should be economically viable for the farmer and the practices environmentally sustainable," RM Khanna, former chairman of CII Northern Region said.

" Our aim is to take technology to the Indian farmer and guide the farmer and the farm industry towards maximum value creation. This is critical as the share in India's GDP of agriculture and allied sector has declined to 14 per cent in 2011-12 from 19 per cent in 2004-05. Agro Tech 2012 will bring to the forefront various issues that are hampering the growth of Indian Agriculture and suggest solutions for them. This will include issues like formulating a model Land Leasing Act , APMC reforms, Supply Chain Management, revamping of the MSP policy, repealing of the Essential Commodity Act, introduction of GST, Crop Nutrition and rationalisation of fertilizer/pesticide usage," Gokul Patnaik, chairman, Agro Tech 2012, said.

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