National Agribusiness Conclave 2020 and Drought Action Network (DAN) Workshop

KIIT School of Rural Management (KSRM) conducted National Agribusiness Conclave 2020 on 18th January 2020.

The overall objective of the Conclave was to bring together policy makers,
researchers, industrial leaders/practitioners and students to discuss issues, challenges and way forward on agribusiness and food processing sector in India. The conclave gave a unique opportunity to inquisitive minds to interact with and get inspired by the leaders. There were two panel discussions in the Conclave. The themes for the panel discussions were: (1) Doubling Farmers’ Income: Role of Agri Inputs; and (2) Effective Supply Chain Management for deriving value to Food Processing Industry.

Prof. Himanshu Pathak, Director, National Rice Research Institute was the Chief Guest of the Conclave. He discussed on the importance of rice production through improved varieties, along with other agricultural products, in doubling the farmers’ income and emphasized that agriculture is the ‘culture’ of rural India and one of the oldest businesses in India.

Our company was represented in the conclave by Venkatram Vasantavada, Managing Director & CEO.

The dignitaries participated in first panel discussion on Doubling Farmers’ Income: Role of Agri Inputs from different professional fields included Mr. Venkatram Vasantavada, Managing Director & CEO SeedWorks International; Mr. Sanjay Chaudhary, Country Director, Sinochem India; Mr. Puneet Pokhriyal, Country Manager, Skretting India; Mr. Srinivasa Karavadi, Managing Director, Bayer Bangladesh and Head – Market Development (India, Bangladesh & Srilanka); and Mr. Rajsekhar Mandal, Vice President – Business, Samunnati.

Members of the panel in second discussion on Effective Supply Chain Management for deriving value to Food Processing Industry included Mr. Manojit Indra, Former Head – Procurement, Jubilant FoodWorks; Mr. Vipul Mittal, Head – Procurement, BigBasket; Mr. Ramesh Moorthy S, Chief Merchandising Officer, Reliance Retail; Mr. Kailash Gahir, Chief Growth Officer, Milk Mantra; and Mr. Nilesh Lele, Founder & Managing Director, Exelon Foodbio.