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ICFA signed up MoU with International Zinc Association

Crops and soils in India are much deficient in zinc, which is reflecting on human health. ICFA signed up MoU with International Zinc Association to work on policy issues and research projects and to support extension programs. The MoU was signed by IZA Director, Mr. Andrew Green and Dr. MJ Khan. Earlier Mr. Green released ICFA Knowledge Report on Soil Health and Fertiliser Subsidies. Present on the occasion were Dr. Soumitra Das, South Asia Director, IZA, Mr. NS Randhawa, ED, ICFA, Mr. Vivekanand, Director - Research & Studies and Ms Mamta Jain, Director - Policy and Corporate Affairs.

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National Round Table on Dairy

ICFA hosted National Round Table on Dairy at New Delhi, joined by over 50 CEOs and heads of institutions and chaired by the Secretary to Government of India for AHD&F, Mr. Devendra Choudhary. The sector possess strong potential for new business ventures and increasing farmers income, as it moves from current Rs. 1 lac crore to its actual level of Rs. 6 lac crores in next 20 years. On this occasion ICFA also released its report on Dairy Sector.

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National Round Table on Role of Media in Agriculture

Media has critical role to play in agriculture in shaping the policies that shape the destiny of 50% people of India. Concerns of farmers and issues that food and agriculture sector faces, remain largely un-noticed by media and unattended by the Government. ICFA today took the lead and hosted a unique dialogue between media and luminaries of agriculture sector. Veteran journalist, Prabhu Chawla, chairman, ICFA Group on ICT, Dr. Moni, chairman, ICFA Dr. MJ Khan, DG Mr. Alok Sinha, Ms. Alka Bhargava, Joint Secy Ag, Dr. SK Singh, Advisor to Agri Minister, ADG in ICAR Dr. Chahal and a host of media persons including LAXMI Devi from PTI, Mr. Sandeep Das from FE, Mr. H Garg from DD News, OP Yadav from Kisan Channel, Mr. VS Malik from AIR addressed the meet. Prof. Swaminathan, due to sickness, addressed by phone. On this occasion Agriculture Today Group launched Agri News Network (ANN) to provide agri news footage to all media and agencies.

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10th Global Agriculture Leadership Summit & Award 2017

Global Agriculture Leadership Summit is an annual two days event organized by Indian Council of Food and Agriculture (ICFA) and this time its tenth in the row. The Summit is organized in Hotel Taj Palace, New Delhi concurrently with the Global Agriculture Awards and the release of Agriculture

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ICFA launched its Working Group on Uttar Pradesh

Uttar Pradesh has enormous potential in agriculture but the state needs policy support for trade, investments and agri agribusinesses to catalyse growth and double farmers incomes. To support the cause, Indian Council of Food and Agriculture launched a 55 Member Working Group on Uttar Pradesh at Lucknow. This will provide a powerful convergence platform for the key stakeholders to deliberate and deliver for farmers. ICFA chairman Dr Mj Khan said that this is 2nd territorial Working Group, after ICFA WG on NER, and ICFA is committed to bring about a change in UP agriculture and link the farmers effectively with technologies and markets. A host of dignitaries, including 40 plus industry CEOs joined the meet.

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ICFA launched its 1st 70 member District Agriculture Council at Lakhimpur in UP

ICFA launched its 1st 70 member District Agriculture Council at Lakhimpur in UP. Launching the DAC, Dr RB Singh, Chancellor, Central Agriculture University said that the congruence of policies, trade and technologies is required to make farming profitable. He said DAC will be a power platform to bring all stakeholders and deliver for farmers. Chairing the function, District Collector, Sh Akash Deep, IAS said that connecting farmers with schemes, trade and technologies hold the key to agrarian prosperity. Chairman ICFA Dr Mj Khan said that such platform was critically needed, which brings all the stakeholders on board for making district vision and broad action agenda. He also announced the launch of various farmers services, which will be executed through District Agriculture Council.

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Dr MJ Khan Chairman ICFA met with the Hon'ble Governor of Haryana Prof. KS Solanki

Chairman ICFA Dr MJ Khan along with senior Directors visited Chandigarh yesterday and met the Governor of Haryana Prof. KS Solanki and presented him report on Eco-Agriculture. The Governor agreed to join Agriculture Leadership Summit on 5 Sept in New Delhi. The Chairman also met the Chief Principal Secretary to CM Panjab, Mr. Suresh Kumar and discussed about ICFA and Punjab Government partnering on sustainable agriculture initiatives. The chairman later met Agriculture Minister Haryana, Sh OP Dhankhar over dinner at his house.

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Dr MJ Khan Chairman ICFA met with the Hon'ble Chief Minister of Haryana Shri Manohar Lal Khattar

Chairman ICFA Concluded his Chandigarh visit yesterday by a late evening courtesy meeting with the CM Haryana. Discussed wide range of issues and the policy thrust required towards empowering farmers. The CM asked ICFA to help in branding of Haryana farm produce and in creating market linkages. He agreed for launching District Agriculture Councils in Haryana starting with Karnal and also consented to join ICFA Agriculture Leadership Summit on Sept 5 at New Delhi. While on way to Chandigarh ICFA team visited an ICAR awarded Dalbir Hightech Horticulture Nursery Farm at Shahabad, Haryana

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ICFA Launched its Working group on ICT in Agriculture

ICFA launched National Working Group on ICT for Agriculture in New Delhi at the IT industry CEOs conclave. Launching the WG, veteran scientist Prof MS Swaminathan said that converge is critically needed among the key stakeholders for addressing the farm sector challenges and equally important is connecting farmers with markets and technologies. The 40 member Working Group, chaired by ex DG, NIC, Dr M Moni, has top experts and policy makers besides IT CEOs. Seen in the pic from L to R: Mr. AB Rapolu, MP, Mamta Jain, Director ICFA, Prof. Swaminathan, Dr Ashok Dalwai, Addl. Secy Ag, Dr. Moni, Dr. KL Chadha, chairman, ICFA WG on Horti and Dr. MJ Khan

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Veteran journalist Prabhu Chawla was received at ICFA office

Veteran journalist Prabhu Chawla was received today at ICFA office for discussions on farmers issues and agenda and the role of media. Mr. Chawla expressed his concerns on farmers agitations and suicides in the states of MP and Maharashtra. He lauded the idea of conclave of farmers bodies in Delhi by ICFA affiliated All India Farmers Alliance on Aug 12 to set the agenda for farm growth and farmers welfare. Chairman Dr MJ Khan was joined by senior ICFA directors, ED, CARD Kunal Tiwari and Director, IACG Dr Dinesh Chauhan.

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ICFA team met with Mr NS Tomar, Union Minister for Rural Development

Dr MJ Khan, Chairman, ICFA along with ED, Mr NS Randhawa and Director, Mrs Mamta Jain, met with Mr NS Tomar, Union Minister for Rural Development, and discussed critical farm, farmers and rural development issues in view of the current farmers agitation in many states that have the nation gripped in agony and despair on the pathetic state of its farming community

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Dr. MJ Khan Chairman, ICFA with Home Minister, Mr. Rajnath Singh and Foreign Minister, Mrs. Sushma Swaraj

ICFA organized meeting of farmers leaders on land acquisition bill with the Home Minister, Mr. Rajnath Singh, Foreign Minister, Mrs. Sushma Swaraj, Minister of Rural Development, Ch. Virendra Singh, Member of Parliament, Mr. Bhupender Yadav at the residence of the Home Minister, Government of India. Prominent farmers leaders, including Mr. Rakesh Tikait, Mr. KB Chowdhary, Mr. Yudhvir Singh, Mr. KS Gujjar, Mr. Puneet Thind and others participated.

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ICFA hosted the 'CEOs Council Dinner' in New Delhi

ICFA hosted the 'CEOs Council Dinner' in New Delhi today and discussed policy issues concerning agricultural growth in India. Prominent among those participated were Mr Jean Paul Deveau, Global CEO & President, Acadian Sea Plants from Canada; Mr Roger Tripathi, President, Acadian Plant Health; Mr Ravi Verma, MP; His Excellency Wassfi Hassan El-Sreihin, Secretary General, AARDO; Mr Salil Singhal, Chairman, PI Industries; Mr Sunil Khairnar, Chairman, ISAP; Dr Vineet Malaviya, Founder Director, Reliance Fresh; Mr Vijay Sardana, CEO - F&A, UPL; Dr AK Rajput, ED, AIPBA; Mr Tushar Pandey, President, Yes Bank; Dr Vibha Dhawan, ED, TERI; Dr Thyagarajan, Advisor, BASF and Dr Anis Ansari, Chairman, CARD

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ICFA Team met with Mr. Parshottam Khodabhai Rupala, Hon'ble Minister of State, Ministry of Agriculture

ICFA team met the Union Minister of State for Agriculture, Mr Parshottam Rupala at his office and discussed recommendations of the National Round Table on Eco Agriculture and Bio Products. The Minister expressed his happiness on the innovative measures suggested to control quality in bio products and save farmers from spurious products flooding the market. The team later met the Secretary of Agriculture Mr SK Pattanayak and discussed the QA in bio products and GAP certification in horticulture

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ICFA and ISAP signed an MoU in New Delhi

Indian Council of Food and Agriculture (ICFA) and Indian Society of Agribusiness Professionals (ISAP) today signed an MoU in New Delhi to jointly work on social media projects in agriculture to deliver timely information, data, analysis, reports, success stories, video clips etc on programs, schemes, inputs, technologies and developments among the farmers and all key stakeholders in Indian and global agriculture. ICFA is a global platform in agriculture and ISAP has large social media network of over 1.90 lac registered members. The two organisations will complement each other in enhancing social media reach out in rural spectrum.

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ICFA Launched its Working Group on Eco Agriculture and Bio Products

Dr. Ramesh Chand, Member, NITI Ayog launched 40 Member "ICFA Working Group on Eco Agriculture and Bio Products" this morning at New Delhi at the National Conference, participated by global CEOs, heads of businesses, national institutions, VCs, farmer leaders and top experts. The meeting was chaired by Mr. Jalaj Srivastava, Addl Secy Agriculture, Govt of India and co chaired by Dr Shyam Khadka, FAO chief for India.

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ICFA at Book Launch Event with PM Modi

On 19th May, 2017, a two-part book series titled “M.S. Swaminathan: The Quest for a World without Hunger” was launched by the Hon’ble Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi. The event observed the presence of Union Agriculture Minister along with the esteemed members of Parliament and other dignitaries. On the occasion Hon’ble Prime Minister talked about the challenges in the agricultural sector and emphasized the need to extended the success in agriculture to eastern India; and scientific and technological interventions required to make this a reality. The Prime Minister said a combination of modern scientific methods and traditional agricultural knowledge would bring about the best possible results. He envisaged that each district in India should have its own “Agri-Identity.” While speaking of doubling farm incomes by 2022, he stressed the required targeted approach in several key areas. Further, he mentioned that the acceptance of Pradhan Mantri Fasal Bima Yojana will help increase the risk-taking ability of farmers, and expedite the process of taking innovation from “Lab to Land.” Shri Modi called the Prof. a “Kisan Vaigyanik” because of his work been grounded in practical reality. Prof. Swaminathan said that there is "so much to do" and ensure "nutrition security wherein everybody gets balanced food, clean drinking water and sanitation. He appreciated PM’s vision and underlined the importance of synergy between technology and public policy to achieve it. Mr. Alok Sinha, Director General, ICFA

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World Tea Summit at Hangzhou, China 18-19 May, 2017

Dr. MJ Khan Chairman, ICFA was received by Prof. Dongyu QU Chinese Vice Minister of Agriculture, with 11 member delegation at the Hotel Narada, Hangzhou for delegation level talks. Wide ranging issues from technical cooperation to trade boosting measures, crop care technologies to mechanization, tea husbandry and animal health care discussed. Minister emphasized the need for collaboration between Chinese and Indian institutions to unleash the potential in food and agriculture for the benefit of farmers and consumers alike. He accepted our invitation to participate with a high power delegation at the 10th Agriculture Leadership Summit on 5-6 Sept in New Delhi, hosted by ICFA.

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Group photograph of World Tea Summit at Hangzhou, China 18-19 May, 2017

Group photograph of the Heads of Delegations from 34 countries, represented by Prime Ministers, Trade Ministers, Foreign Ministers, Ag Ministers or High Level officials at the World Tea Summit at Hangzhou, China 18-19 May, 2017. Indian Council of Food and Agriculture led six member delegation participating at this forum. Dr. MJ Khan, chairman, ICFA

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Meeting on ICFA Parliamentary Forum

Indian Council of Food and Agriculture today nominated Senior MP and former MOS Agriculture Mr. Tariq Anwar as the Chairman, ICFA Parliamentery Forum. Mr. Ravi Verma, MP appointed as the National Convenor and Dr Udit Raj, MP as the Co-chair of this Forum. Mr. Anwar and Dr Raj were today received at ICFA office and discussed its agenda, structure and formal launch. It has been agreed to create a 40 member forum comprising 25 MPs from Lok Sabha and 15 from Rajya Sabha.

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ICFA WILL HOST DELEGATES FROM EXPORT DEVELOPMENT BOARD SRI LANKA

Recently Dr MJ Khan, Chairman Indian Council of Food and Agriculture (ICFA) visited Sri Lanka to attend Workshop on Emerging Food Safety & Quality Risks in South Asia: Challenges & Opportunities organized by Ministry of Primary Industries (MPI) and Institute of Policy Studies (IPS) in collaboration with the International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI). It was a fruitful meeting with Sri Lanka Exports Development Board, in Columbo, Srilanka. Director General, Ms. J. Siriwardena led six member EDB team has expressed keen desire to strengthen trade relations with India. She will be leading a delegation to New Delhi on 30-31 May 2017 for more discussions. ICFA would be hosting the delegation and meeting with trade bodies. EDB has also confirmed to participate in the INDIA International Agro Trade Fair 15-17 Dec 2017 in New Delhi, which ICFA is organizing.

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ICFA received Director General of ICRISAT, Dr. David Bergvinson at its HQs

ICFA today received Director General of ICRISAT, Dr. David Bergvinson at its office and discussed to work together for launching the India Africa Agriculture Partnership Platform, engagement with Indian States for agri projects, ICT platform for farmers and launching Healthy Food Initiative. ICFA chairman was joined by two directors, Mamta Jain and Dr. Sucheta Arora and two Vice Presidents, Dr. Priyanka Sarkar and Sudhanshu Arya

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CEYLON CHAMBER AND ICFA TO COLLABORATE FOR TRADE AND TECHNICAL COOPERATION

Dr MJ Khan, Chairman, ICFA was greeted by Ceylon Chamber at their HQ in Colombo, Srilanka for a high level interaction with Mr. SPS Ranatunga, President Ceylon Chamber, Mr. Z Hashim Chairman, F&V Association, Mr. Aruna Veerakon, President, National Agribusiness Council, Mr. Malik Alwis, Dy SG Ceylon Chamber & President SL Food Processors Association, and Mr Mohan Silva, SG, NAC. The Ceylon Chamber and ICFA agreed to collaborate for trade and technical cooperation for crop inputs and technologies. ICFA will host SL delegation in New Delhi next month for further discussions.

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MEETING WITH DEPUTY FOREIGN MINISTER OF SRI LANKA WITH CHAIRMAN ICFA

Dr MJ Khan Chairman, ICFA and Dr. Harsha de Silva, Deputy Foreign Minister of Sri Lanka to join hands and work in partnership with issues related to food and agriculture trade and cooperation between India and SL and agreed to promote technical cooperation in key crop areas through technologies and training support and also the agro food trade.

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ICFA Launched its Working Group on North East at Guwahati

Indian Council of Food and Agriculture launched its 1st regional Working Group on North East at Guwahati yesterday. Mr. PL Thanga, IAS 1974 batch, Secretary, Mizoram State Planning Board appointed as Chairman with 32 eminent persons as its Members. Dr. MJ Khan, chairman ICFA announced its launch. Seen in the pic are: Alok Sinha, DG ICFA, Dr. Nath, VC Central University, Dr MI Meiti, Advisor, NEC, Dr. Moni, ex DG NIC, Dr Anis Ansari, IAS 1973 batch, Chairman, CARD and others. ICFA is launching its 2nd regional Working Group on UP next month in Lucknow. Names invited.

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National Round Table of CEOs on Farm Subsidies and Soil Health

Indian Council of Food and Agriculture launched its 1st regional Working Group on North East at Guwahati yesterday. Mr. PL Thanga, IAS 1974 batch, Secretary, Mizoram State Planning Board appointed as Chairman with 32 eminent persons as its Members. Dr. MJ Khan, chairman ICFA announced its launch. Seen in the pic are: Alok Sinha, DG ICFA, Dr. Nath, VC Central University, Dr MI Meiti, Advisor, NEC, Dr. Moni, ex DG NIC, Dr Anis Ansari, IAS 1973 batch, Chairman, CARD and others. ICFA is launching its 2nd regional Working Group on UP next month in Lucknow. Names invited.

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ICFA received Agriculture Counsellor of Chile Mr. Gonzalez at its HQs

Agriculture Counsellor of Chile Mr. Gonzalez was received at ICFA HQs to discuss organising Chilean Fruit Festival in New Delhi. Chile is the world's leading exporter of grapes, walnuts, kiwi and a number of berries. We agreed to organise this festival in 2nd week of April 2018 and before that to host Chilean Agriculture Minister led delegation at the India International Agro Trade Fair (IATF) 13-15 Dec 2017 in New Delhi which ICFA is organising on the pattern of IITF.

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ICFA National Round Table on Food Safety, Quality & Supply Chain Management

Food Safety, Quality & Supply Chain Management - With Prof MS Swaminathan; Mr Ashish Bahuguna, Chairman FSSAI; Mr JP Meena, Special Secretary MoFPI; Dr Ajit Kumar, Vice Chancellor NIFTEM

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ICFA Chairman Dr. MJ Khan with Western Australia University Team

Joined dinner discussions hosted by Western Australia University at Taj Palace, New Delhi. WAU team is part of the Australian PM's delegation to India. Seen in the pic are VC Prof. F Dawn, Dean Prof K Wright, Pro VC Dr Iain Watt and Director IOS Prof K Siddique. ICFA has strategic partnership with WAU. The Vice Chancellor also agreed to collaborate with the Indian School of Agribusiness www.isab.org.in that ICFA is establishing in New Delhi from coming academic session. Dr. MJ Khan, chairman, ICFA

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ICFA Team met will Union Agriculture Minister, Mr. Radha Mohan Singh

Indian Council of Food and Agriculture team led by Executive Director Mr NS Randhawa met Union Agriculture Minister, Mr. Radha Mohan Singh and submitted a note on Agri growth agenda and recommendations of various Round Table meets hosted by ICFA. The Minister lauded role of icfa and desired detailed discussions. The ED was joined by Ms Mamta Jain, Director ICFA, Dr Priyanka Sarkar, VP and Kunal Tiwari, ED, CARD

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Prof. MS Swaminathan, Pioneer of India's Green Revolution chaired ICFA Board meeting

Prof. MS Swaminathan, Pioneer of India's Green Revolution chaired Board meeting of Indian Council of Food and Agriculture at its HO in New Delhi. The Board took the decisions of 1. hosting 10th Global Agri Leadership Summit 5-6 Sept in New Delhi to be inaugurated by the Prime Minister, Mr. Modi 2. To launch Indian School of Agri Business www.isab.org.in at New Delhi. The meeting was joined by Dr. Purvi Mehta, Director (Ag) South Asia, Gates Foundation, Dr. PK Joshi, South Asia Director, IFPRI, Mr. Ashish Bahuguna, Chairman, FSSAI, Mr. Alok Sinha, DG, ICFA, Dr. Gurbachan Singh, Chairman, ASRB, Dr. KL Chadha, President, HSI and Dr. Ajeet Kumar, VC, NIFTEM. Dr. MJ Khan, Chairman, ICFA

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ICFA hosted National Meet on North Eastern Region in New Delhi

ICFA today hosted National Meet on North Eastern Region in New Delhi, chaired by the Secretary- DONER, Govt of India and participated by 50 plus CEOs and senior officials. The Secretary announced support for projects in areas of organic food, spices, dairy, fisheries, bio-inputs, Precision agriculture, yield improvement, agro processing, craft products and for branding North East project. He also announced North East Agri Summit from 20-22 April at Guwahati and invited industry to join and partner in business opportunities

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ICFA participated and addressed 69th Session of AARDO Board meeting in New Delhi

African Asian Rural Development Organisation AARDO is New Delhi headquartered Inter-Governmental body focusing on agri and rural interventions to improve food security, livelihood options and welfare of rural masses in member countries. Today participated and addressed 69th Session of AARDO Board meeting in New Delhi, which was participated by 31 Ambassadors and Heads of Missions. Indian Council of Food and Agriculture is strategic partner of AARDO and participated with the status of Observer. AARDO offers great platform to participate in development process and market opportunities in African and developing Asian countries

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ICFA National Round Table on Crop Protection

India looses agri produce worth over Rs. one lac crore annually. Crop protection products hold key to saving crop losses and thus contributing to the national food security and doubling farmers incomes. Given its importance, ICFA today hosted a National Round Table on Crop Protection at hotel Taj Palace in New Delhi, which was chaired by the Plant Protection Advisor to Government of India. Wide range of issues related to quality enforcement, role of states, bio-pesticides, registration and import of products, IPM and stewardship programs etc. were discussed. ICFA has formed a Working Group on Crop Protection to chart out the agenda and action plan for implementation.

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ICFA hosted Union Commerce Minister Mrs. Nirmala Sitharaman at a round table of CEOs

ICFA hosted Union Commerce Minister Mrs. Nirmala Sitharaman at a round table of CEOs and important dignitaries of Indian agriculture in New Delhi. Two hour interaction focused on how to expand agro food trade and help double farmers incomes. Suggestions are invited. Regards. Dr. MJ Khan, Chairman, Indian Council of Food and Agriculture

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ICFA received at its HQ His Excellency, Mr. Ermindo Augusto Ferreira, Hon'ble High Commissioner of Mozambique and Trade Counsellor Mr. Oliveira Amimo

India and Mozambique both are predominantly agrarian economies. ICFA today received at its HQ His Excellency, Mr. Ermindo Augusto Ferreira, Hon'ble High Commissioner of Mozambique and Trade Counsellor Mr. Oliveira Amimo. Wide range of subjects related to agri trade, technology, investments and agribusinesses for accelerating agri growth and food security were discussed. ICFA team was represented by its Chairman, MJ Khan, DG Alok Sinha, ED Mr. NS Randhawa, Board Member Dr. M Moni, Directors Mamta Jain and Dr. Sucheta Arora and Vice President Dr. Priyanka Sarkar.

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Dr MJ Khan with Mr. Dinesh Malik, Owner of Agro processing unit, Kota

South Rajasthan is hub of coriander production. Awesome to see what transformation an spirited young man can do. Hosted by Dinesh Malik, who quit his cosy job at Reliance and put up an agro processing unit at village Arandkhera, 30 kms from Kota, I participated today in a farmers training program and later visited coriander fields. His unit is buying spices from over 2000 farmers and supplying to several food companies, including Tatas. Connected the Entrepreneur with Jodhpur Agri Versity for technical support. ICFA as part of its mandate, provides support to the agri start ups through its network of agri institutions.

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ICFA National Round Table on Organic Farming

Global organic food market has reached $80 billion but India's share is less than 1%. Large parts of the country are organic by default but due to the issues related to certification, bio-inputs and market linkages the potential remains unrealised. To address all the issues, National Round Table on Organic Agriculture was organised by ICFA. Senior officials from the Ministry of Commerce and Ministry of Ag joined the meeting attended by 60 plus CEOs and deliberated upon whole range of issues to enable India capture rapidly growing global organic food market. ICFA announced launch 1. GAP Certification and Healthy Food Initiative programs.Dr. MJ Khan, chairman, ICFA

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ICFA received Chief Imam and President, All India Imams Organisation, Maulana Umer Iliasi

Chief Imam and President, All India Imams Organisation, Maulana Umer Iliasi was received at ICFA office yesterday. Hazrat shared his vision of management lessons and spirituality, purpose of life and importance of serving the humanity. Seen in the picture are Dr. MJ Khan, Chairman ICFA, Mr. Veenu Bansal, IPS, DCP Security and Mrs. Garima Gupta, IAS, Special Secretary- Education

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ICFA National Round Table on Mechanisation

ICFA today hosted National Round Table of CEOs on Farm Mechanisation in New Delhi. Top tractor and farm machinery companies and senior Government officials participated to deliberate upon the agenda of doubling farmers incomes through increased farm mechanisation. About two dozen issues listed to be addressed by the central and state governments.

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ICFA National Round Table on Micro-Irrigation and Precision Farming

Agriculture Secretary Mr. SK Pattanayak, ICFA Chairman, Dr. MJ Khan, Chairman, Irrigation Association of India, Mr. Primal Oswal and Managing Director, Netafim India Limited, Mr. Randhir Chauhan arriving for the National Conference on CEOs on Micro-Irrigation and Precision Farming on Jan 12, 2017 at the India Habitat Centre, New Delhi

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MoU singed between ICFA and SourceTrace INC, Boston for working on IT applications in agriculture

Indian agriculture needs advanced technologies, systems efficiency and integration. ICT is set to play critical role in taking India's farm sector to new heights. In this context, ICFA and SourceTrace INC, Boston signed up an MoU last week in New Delhi for working on IT applications in agriculture. SourceTrace is US based IT firm specialising in agriculture. The company will work with ICFA towards empowering farmers through IT apps. The MoU was signed at ICFA office between the SourceTrace, Global CEO, Dr. Venkat Mariju and ICFA Working Group on ICT Chairman, Dr M Moni. Since then ICFA has hosted three new IT companies for presentations on their agricultural offerings and solutions.

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ICFA hosted 17 member African Ministerial delegation from 14 countries, mounted by ICFA collaborator Michigan State University, USA

Indian Council of Food and Agriculture hosted 17 member African Ministerial delegation from 14 countries, mounted by ICFA collaborator Michigan State University, USA. The delegation included Ministers of Science and Technology, Ministers of Agriculture and MPs besides senior level officials. ICFA side was joined by its four Working Group Chairmen and top management including Chairman, DG, ED and two Vice Presidents besides strategic collaborators AARDO and MSU. MJ Khan, Chairman, ICFA

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ICFA hosted students group led by Dean Sharon from John Hopkins University

ICFA hosted students group led by Dean Sharon from John Hopkins University, USA through its strategic partner IAG International Washington DC. An interaction between JHU and IARI students took place. The meeting was chaired by Dr. RB Singh, chairman ICFA Academics Working Group and chancellor of Central Agriculture University. Present on the occasion were Dr PK Joshi, South Asia Director, IFPRI, Director of NCAP, ED, ICFA Mr. NS Randhawa and senior officials of IARI and NASC. ICFA and JHU to work on students exchange program.

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ICFA National Round Table on Horticulture

Horticulture sector has tremendous potential for employment generation, exports and doubling farmers incomes. ICFA today hosted national round table in horticulture in New Delhi, which was chaired by the Secretary of Agriculture, Government of India Mr SK Pattanayak and co-chaired by Mr JP Meena, Special Secretary, Food Processing. Top Government officials and industry executives from horticulture and food retail industry joined the meeting.

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IA group of farmers from Muzaffar Nagar district led by Ch. Udham Singh, president, Kisan Mazdoor Mahasangh was recieved at ICFA headquarters

A group of farmers from Muzaffar Nagar district led by Ch. Udham Singh, president, Kisan Mazdoor Mahasangh was recieved at ICFA headquarters today to discuss farmers issues. Mahasangh is part of All India Farmers Allaince promoted by ICFA. The series of meetings are part of making agri agenda for the Union Budget 2017.

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ICFA team met with JDU Leader and Rajya Sabha MP Mr. Sharad Yadav

ICFA team including Chairman, Dr. MJ Khan, ED Mr. NS Randhawa and Director Ms. Mamta Jain met JDU Leader and Rajya Sabha MP Mr. Sharad Yadav at his residence in New Dwlhi this evening and discussed farmers issues and agenda for the Budget Session. Sh. Yadav enquired about the eatimation of loss to farmers due to demonitisation.

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Dr MJ Khan met with Minister of State for Foreign Affairs, Mr. MJ Akbar in New Delhi

India Africa Partnership promises great prospects for global food security. India's learnings in agriculture can help Africa transform its farm sector and achieve rural prosperity. To boost trade and business cooperation ICFA has creating a Working Group on Africa Agriculture and would be hosting Round Table on India Africa Agriculture in March 2017 in New Delhi. In this regard a meeting was held at the office of Minister of State for Foreign Affairs, Mr. MJ Akbar today in New Delhi

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ICFA hosted poultry industry CEOs Round Table in New Delhi

Poultry sector has tremendous potential for nutritional security and doubling farm incomes. ICFA hosted poultry industry CEOs Round Table in New Delhi. Seated from L to R: Dr SK Malhotra, Ag Commissioner of India, Dr MJ Khan, chairman ICFA, Dr OP Chaudhary, IAS, Joint Secretary, Dr. KML Pathak, Vice Chancellor, PDDU Mathura and Mr. AB Rapolu, MP

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ICFA presented Lifetime Achievement Award 2016 to Tata Group Chairman, Mr. Ratan Tata ICFA in Mumbai

ICFA presents Tata Group Chairman, Mr. Ratan Tata with ICFA Lifetime Achievements Award 2016 in Mumbai. Dr. MJ Khan, Chairman was joined by Mr. Alok Sinha, DG and Board Members Mr. Kapil Mehan and Dr. WS Lakra

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ICFA received German Trade Counsellor Ms. Ursula Holzhauser and Director, German Agribusiness Alliance from Hamburg Ms. Alina Gumpert at its HQ in New Delhi

ICFA today received German Trade Counsellor Ms. Ursula Holzhauser and Director, German Agribusiness Alliance from Hamburg Ms. Alina Gumpert at its HQ in New Delhi and discussed broad range of issues in food and agriculture and agreed to work on policy and trade issues by creating an institutional mechanism of Indo German Joint Business Council. From ICFA side meeting was attended by the Chairman Dr MJ Khan, DG Mr Alok Sinha, ED Mr NS Randhawa, CEO Mr V Rathore, Director Ms Mamta Jain and ICFA - WG Chairmen Mr. PL Thanga and Dr M Moni.

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Discussed agro trade opportunities between ICFA and UAE

Discussed agro trade opportunities in seeds, agchem, machinery, irrigation, green houses, bio products, food, meat, spices and horticulture products with business delegations from Zambia, Morocco, Egypt, Kenya and Azerbaijan. ICFA will be mounting delegations next month with CEOs from above sectors to Gulf and African countries.

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ICFA Team with Father of India's Green Revolution(Prof. Swaminathan)

ICFA received the Father of India's Green Revolution, Prof. MS Swaminathan at its HQ in New Delhi. Prof. Swaminathan along with Noble Laureate, (Late)Dr. Norman Borlaug and Bharat Ratna, (Late) Mr. C Subramaniam saved India from the starvation threat to over 200 millions and thus saved humanity. A Historic day for us. He was joined on this occasion by Mr. AB Rapolu, MP, Dr. JS Sandhu, Dy DG-ICAR and some ICFA Board Members. Dr. MJ Khan, Chairman, ICFA

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Dr MJ Khan met with DG Agriculture and top officials at Oman Ministry of Agriculture

Concluded three day visit to Oman. Visited a 400 acre modern banana farm at Khamurah, 180 kms from Muscat, which sources its tissue culture saplings from India. Met some large business houses and later held discussions with DG Ag and top officials at Oman Ministry of Agriculture. Government seeking investments and joint venture projects with India. Good business opportunity for agri inputs and food products exports for India

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ICFA launched its Working Group on Horticulture during 7th Horticulture Congress in New Delhi

Indian Council of Food and Agriculture today launched its Working Group on Horticulture during 7th Horticulture Congress in New Delhi. Pioneer of India's Horticulture Revolution, Dr. KL Chadha has been nominated as its Chairman and Dr. Vibha Dhawan, Executive Director, TERI as the National Convener. Vice Chancellor, Horticulture University, Jodhpur Dr. Balraj Singh and Commissioner Horti, Andhra Pradesh Mr. C Chowdhary, IAS have been nominated as Co-Chairs. Dr. MJ Khan, chairman ICFA formally launched the WG by presenting Special Memento to Dr. KL Chadha

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US Minister Agriculture, Mr. Scott Sindelar with Ag Attache in US Embassy in New Delhi, Mr. Mark Wallace and team visited ICFA office

US Minister Agriculture, Mr. Scott Sindelar with Ag Attache in US Embassy in New Delhi, Mr. Mark Wallace and team visited ICFA office this afternoon and held detailed discussions with ICFA Board Members on strengthening cooperation in food and agriculture with India. This follows a series of meetings ICFA held at USDA HQ in Washington DC.

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ICFA Received Minister of Agriculture from Malaysian province Kelantan, Mr. Che Abdullah Nawi with a five member delegation

Received Minister of Agriculture from Malaysian province Kelantan, Mr. Che Abdullah Nawi with a five member delegation at ICFA office this morning. Wide range of issues related to trade and technology partnerships and strengthening farmers level cooperation were discussed. The Minister invited ICFA to bring soon a delegation of stakeholders to Malaysia

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ICFA delegation was hosted by the Ambassador of Czech Republic in New Delhi

ICFA delegation was hosted by the Ambassador of Czech Republic in New Delhi, H.E. Mr. Milan Hovorka and Dy Chief of Mission Mr. Roman Masarik for discussions to boost trade, technologies, investments and cooperation in food and agriculture sector between the two countries. The Ambassador proposed for an interaction of ICFA members with Czech Foreign Minister in 2nd week of Dec in New Delhi. He also invited and offered to host ICFA delegation to his country. Meeting details being uploaded on www.icfa.org.in

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Dr. MJ Khan Chairman,ICFA Visited R&D centre in Canada

Dr. MJ Khan Chairman,ICFA Visited R&D centre of the world's largest sea plant based bio fertilisers company Acadian Seaplants Limited at Cornawalis 200 kms away from Halifax, the capital of Nova Scotia province of Northern Canada. Exciting to see advance R&D work being done on bio products. ICFA is studying this market to promote trade and technology cooperation with India.

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Dr. MJ Khan Chairman,ICFA Co-chaired meeting of India-US-Africa Partnership Alliance in US

Dr. MJ Khan Chairman,ICFA Co-chaired meeting of India-US-Africa Partnership Alliance at the Broad College of Business, Michigan State University, US. The Alliance decided to work on a global project on converting farmers into farm entrepreneurs, focusing on India and Africa in partnership with Indian institutions and agri industry.

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Canadian delegation received at ICFA

Canadian delegation led by their Agriculture Counsellor in New Delhi was received this morning at ICFA office to discuss the pulses, fertilisers, bio products and canola trade. Director General - ICFA, Mr. Alok Sinha chaired the meeting, attended by ICFA Board Member, Dr M Moni, Executive Director Mr. NS Randhawa and CEO Mr. Vishnu Rathore (IIM-A)

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ICFA at Indo-Canadian Chamber of Commerce at Toronto

Dr. MJ Khan, Chairman, ICFA held meeting with the Indo-Canadian Chamber of Commerce at Toronto. ICFA will be hosting a 40 member ICCC delegation in New Delhi on Jan 5, 2017.

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ICFA at The World Food Prize 2016

The World Food Prize 2016, known as Noble Prizes of Agriculture, to be presented few hours from now at Iowa State, US. Indian Council of Food and Agriculture hosted an interaction with all four Food Prize Laureates of 2016, Dr. Howarth Bouis, Dr Maria Andrade, Dr Robert Mwange and Dr Jan Low. A unique moment for ICFA.

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ICFA at US-India-Africa Partnership Alliance at the Broad College of Business, Michigan State University

Dr. MJ Khan Co-chaired a meeting of US-India-Africa Partnership Alliance at the Broad College of Business, Michigan State University. The Alliance decided to work on a global project on converting farmers into farm entrepreneurs, focusing on India and Africa in partnership with Indian institutions and agri industry.

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ICFA hosted Union Minister of State for Agriculture, Mr. P. Rupala at its HQ in New Delhi

ICFA hosted Union Minister of State for Agriculture, Mr. P. Rupala at its HQ in New Delhi. Two hours long interaction with ICFA Board Members and Chairmen of different Working Groups took place and discussed issues ranging from MSP to GM crops, agro trade and agri sector reforms to increasing farm incomes. The Minister desired a meeting with ICFA promoted Farmers Alliance next week, followed by meetings with the ICFA Working Groups for initiating needful reforms in agriculture.

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ICFA and AARDO join hands for working on Africa Agriculture Development

ICFA and AARDO join hands for working on Africa Agriculture Development

Dr. MJ Khan, Chairman ICFA discusses farmers issues in New Delhi

Dr. MJ Khan, Chairman ICFA discusses farmers issues in New Delhi with the Commerce Minister, Mrs.Nirmala Sitharaman, Home Minister, Mr. Rajnath Singh and Chancellor, Central University, Dr. RB Singh

ICFA Working Group on Farmers Affairs

Dr. Rajaram Tripathi, Chairman, ICFA Working Group on Farmers Affairs briefing the press after leading a group of farmers organisations to meet the Group of Ministers on Seeds Bill, Chaired by the Home Minister of India in North Block in New Delhi

ICFA facilitated Haryana State of India and Iowa State of USA to an MoU as Sister States

ICFA facilitated Haryana State of India and Iowa State of USA to an MoU as Sister States. It took 15 months time for ICFA to bring on board the two sides to work out scope of cooperation and mounting delegation for the MoU. Finally, after a dozen of meetings, both at Haryana State capital, Chandigarh and at Iowa State capital Des Moines that the draft MoU was worked out and signed between Haryana Agriculture Minister Mr. Om Prakash Dhankad and Iowa State Secretary of Agriculture, Mr. Bill Nordey at a glittering ceremony in US, presided over by the Governor of the Iowa State. This is monumental achievement for ICFA as for the 1st time a US State has signed up a cooperation agreement with an Indian State.

ICFA 1st Board Meeting

ICFA 1st Board Meeting taking place on 22 Oct, 2015 in New Delhi, joined by 22 Board Members

Agriculture Summit being inaugurated

Agriculture Summit being inaugurated by Mrs. Harsimrat Kaur Badal, Minister of Food Processing, Mr. Suresh Prabhu, Minister of Railways, Mr. Ashish Bahuguna, Secretary of Agriculture, H.E. Ambassador of France, and Secretary MFPI, Mr. Siraj Hussain

Union Home Minister discussing farmers issues

Union Home Minister discussing farmers issues with the delegation of 14 farmers organisations from across the country mounted by ICFA in new Delhi

ICFA launch in New Delhi

ICFA launch in New Delhi on 18 Sept, 2015 by Home Minister of India and function chaired by Governor of Haryana and Punjab and Prof MS Swaminathan

launch of Working Group on African Agriculture

ICFA announced the launch of Working Group on African Agriculture, Chaired by India and Co-chaired by US

ICFA Policy Working Group Meeting in New Delhi

ICFA Policy Working Group Meeting in New Delhi