The one-day conclave will feature 100 agri-food industry experts, policymakers, and other stakeholders.
The inaugural event will feature five themed events: agriculture (green), edible oil (yellow), dairy (white), meat and poultry (pink), and aquaculture (blue).
The round table discussions will be hosted by the World Economic Forum (India), the Indian Vegetable Oil Producers Association (IVPA), the Indian Dairy Association, Heifer International, and the Society of Aquaculture Professionals.
“The conclave will feature 27-panel discussions, five roundtable discussions, and over 40 one-on-one meetings between government and industry leaders,” said Jayesh Ranjan, Principal Secretary (IT and Industries), Government of Telangana.
Telangana IT and Industries Minister KT Rama Rao stated that the state has made strides in the agri-food sector in recent years as it has excelled in IT and Lifesciences.
“Since the State’s formation in 2014, agriculture production has increased dramatically.” This was made possible by the state’s emphasis on improving irrigation facilities and other rural-focused programs,” he explained.
“The current global situation presents a one-of-a-kind set of challenges and potential opportunities.” However, capitalizing on these opportunities for the State and the country will require a concerted and calculated effort,” the Minister said.
This, Rao added, would necessitate brainstorming among key stakeholders and the development of a strategy to reap the benefits.
Topics of importance
The panelists will discuss topics such as Can India be the world’s food bowl while guaranteeing its own food security? Market-linked production — how to recalibrate? managing the macro-risks: climate change, war, disease, trade embargoes; and Where are India’s agri-food unicorns?
The panelists in the Yellow (edible oil) Revolution will discuss topics such as achieving edible oil self-sufficiency in India; sustainability and responsibility in edible oil production; edible oil versus health; and navigating the dynamic global policy environment.
The conclave will focus on moving the Indian dairy industry up the value chain, making the Indian dairy industry competitive, and dairy technology for the next decade in the White Revolution section.
The conference’s Blue Revolution section will focus on how to increase domestic demand for blue foods in the country; aquaculture as a viable alternative to agriculture; and whether we can create the next Amul in the aquaculture sector.
Panelists will discuss how to formalize the Indian meat value chain — challenges and opportunities; the meat industry as a driver for a circular rural economy; and making the Indian poultry and meat industry globally competitive during the Pink Revolution session.
Some of the speakers listed included RS Sodhi (President of the Indian Dairy Association); RG Chandramogan (Chairman of Hatsan Agro); Srideep N Kesavan (CEO of Heritage Foods); Jayen Mehta (Managing Director of Amul); Balram Singh Yadav (MD of Godrej Agrovet); Sivakumar S (Group Head, Agri Biz and IT of ITC); and Jacqueline Huges (DG of ICRISAT).