AgriCorp2019 : Water Smart Agriculture - A Business Perspective

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Event Details

AgriCorp2019 : Water Smart Agriculture - A Business Perspective - Jan 17, 2020

About AgriCorp :

Bombay Chamber of Commerce and Industry has been organizing a series of AgriCorp conferences on a biennial basis since 2001. This distinctive conference has always sought to provide road maps for a facilitative environment for all stakeholders and map strategies to enhance growth and development of the primary sector of the country’s economy.

Background :

Agriculture sector is the highest user of fresh water, withdrawing more than 80% of water, available to the state of Maharashtra. The continuation of the state’s strong economic growth performance would however need to be supported by higher water availability in all three sectors of the economy- agriculture, industry and services. As the overall water resources available to the state cannot be increased, it is important that the state devices strategies to grow agriculture sector in the most water efficient manner possible, preferably with same or less water than what is today.

Aims & Objectives :

The aim of the conference is to provide a single window for knowledge sharing & networking with all stakeholders including farmers, FPO’s, SME’s, corporate, banks & financial institutions and policy makers- Central & State Govt.

Inaugural Session   (09.30 - 11.00 AM)
Session Title
Name of Speakers
9:00 AM - 9:30 AM
(30 Minutes)
Registration & Tea
9:30 AM - 9:40 AM
(10 Minutes)
Welcome of Dignitaries & Lighting of Inaugural Lamp
9:40 AM - 9:50 AM
(10 Minutes)
Welcome Address
Mr. V. S. Parthasarathy, President, Bombay Chamber of Commerce and Industry.
9:50 AM- 10:00 AM
(10 Minutes)
Theme Presentation
Dr. D. N. Kulkarni, Chairman - Agriculture & Food Processing Committee, Bombay Chamber of Commerce and Industry.
10:00 AM - 10:10 AM
(10 Minutes)
Opening Remarks
Shri. Suhas Diwase I.A.S., Commissioner of Agriculture, Maharashtra State, Pune, Government of Maharashtra.
10:10 AM - 10:20 AM
(10 Minutes)
Special Address
Mr. Crispino Lobo, Managing Trustee and Co-Founder, Watershed Organisation Trust (WOTR).
10:20 AM - 10:30 PM
(10 Minutes)
Keynote Address
Shri. Eknath Dawale, I.A.S., Secretary, Department of Agriculture, Govt. of Maharashtra
10:30 AM - 10:45 PM
(15 Minutes)
Floor open for Q & A  with the Dignitaries
10:45 PM - 10:50 PM
(5 Minutes)
Release of Agricorp2019 Souvenir
10:50 AM - 10:55 AM
 (5 Minutes)
Felicitation of Dignitaries
10:55 AM - 11:00 AM
 (5 Minutes)
Vote of Thanks
Mr. Vijay Srirangan, Director General, Bombay Chamber of Commerce & Industry.
Tea Break : 11:00 to 11:15 AM
Session - 1
11:15 AM - 12:00 Noon
(45 Minutes)
Panel Discussion on Water Harvesting -Current View of Commercial and Government Sector.
1) Moderator: Dr. S.K Goel, Former Additional Chief Secretary,   (Agriculture and Marketing), Govt. of Maharashtra.
2) Mr. P C Ray, Commissioner, Watershed Department, Govt. of Karnataka.
3) Dr. Sunil Gorantiwar, Professor, (Principal Investigator for Climate Smart Agriculture & Water Management,) Rahuri University.
4) Dr. Satish Umrikar, Additional Director, GSDA, Govt. of Maharashtra.
Session - 2
12:00 Noon - 1:00 PM
Water Efficiency Innovations in Agriculture.
1) Moderator: Dr. Vijayanand Ranade, Former Irrigation Secretary, Department of Irrigation, Govt. of Maharashtra.
2) Mr. K.R. Venkatadri, Chief Innovation & Digital Officer, Tata Chemicals Limited.
3) Mr. Anirban Ghosh, Chief Sustainability Officer, Mahindra & Mahindra Limited.
4) Mr. Yogesh Patil – CEO, Skymet Weather Services Pvt Limited.
5) Mr. Satyajit Bhatkal, CEO, Paani Foundation.
6) Mr. Vilas Vishnu Shinde, Chairman, Sahyadri Farmer Producer Co. Limited.
Lunch - 1:00 PM to 2:00 PM
Technical Session - 3
2:00 PM - 2:45 PM
(45 Minutes)
 Financing of Water Management Projects.
1) Moderator: Dr. Mahesh Patankar, Senior Advisor - Disruptive Technologies, Water Resources Group (2030 WRG) 
2) Mr. U.D Shirsalkar, CGM, Nabard, Pune.
3) Mr. Prashant Shah, VP & Head Credit: Rural Lending and Microfinance Dept. - Axis Bank Limited.
4) Mr. Manoj Rawat, MD & CEO, ValueFin India Credit Services Private Limited.
Technical Session - 4
2:45 PM - 3:45 PM
(1 hr)
Panel Discussion on Water as a Business.
1) Moderator: Dr. S.K Goel, Former Additional Chief Secretary, (Agriculture and Marketing), Govt. of Maharashtra. 
2) Dr. D. N. Kulkarni, President- Agri Food Division, Jain Irrigation Systems Limited.
3) Mr. Biplab Ketan Paul, Director, Bhungroo.
4) Dr. Susanta Kundu, Chief Operating Officer, Excel Innovation Center, Excel Industries Limited.
5) Mr. Abhijit Page, Head Sales & Marketing, Mahindra EPC Irrigation Limited.
3:45 PM – 4:00 PM
(15 Minutes)
Case Study – “Wastewater Bazaar”
Ms. Alka Palrecha, Director, People in Centre, Ahmedabad.
4:00 PM - 4:10 PM
(10 Minutes)
Summation of AgriCorp 2019
Dr. S.K Goel, Former Additional Chief Secretary, (Agriculture and Marketing), Govt. of Maharashtra.
4:10 PM – 4:15 PM
(5 Minutes)
Vote of Thanks
Mr. Rajan Raje, CEO, Nichem Solutions.
Tea :  4:15 PM to 4:30 PM


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