Transforming India through agricultural innovation

Jul 6, 2017

The German Embassy New Delhi in cooperation with the German Agribusiness Alliance at the German Asia-Pacific Business Association (OAV) held the expert discussion "Transforming India through agricultural innovation - sharing experience on extension, skilling and technology promotion in Indian agriculture" followed by a reception on 5th July.

Ambassador Dr Ney with Sanjeev Kumar Asthana, Chairman, Agriculture Skill Council of India Enlarge image Ambassador Dr Ney with Sanjeev Kumar Asthana, Chairman, Agriculture Skill Council of India (© German Embassy New Delhi) Ambassador Dr Martin Ney welcomed the guests in his opening speech and stressed the importance of Indo-German cooperation in the field of skill development and vocational training. "At the recent 4th Indo-German intergovernmental consultations in May, Chancellor Angela Merkel and Prime Minister Narendra Modi jointly emphasised the importance of cooperation between India and Germany in the education and research sector, in particular with respect to practical education and training. Skill development is the key to increasing Ursula Holzhauser, Councellor, Food and Agriculture, German Embassy New Delhi Enlarge image Ursula Holzhauser, Councellor, Food and Agriculture, German Embassy New Delhi (© German Embassy New Delhi) productivity, empowering the farming community and consolidating competitiveness of the agriculture and food sector. Modern technologies and efficient cultivation methods are essential for ensuring sustainable growth in agriculture,” said Ambassador Dr Ney.

In his key note address, Mr. Sanjeev Kumar Asthana, Chairman, Agriculture Skill Council of India (ASCI) emphasized: "Farmers in Indi Sanjeev Kumar Asthana speaks at the workshop Enlarge image Sanjeev Kumar Asthana speaks at the workshop (© German Embassy New Delhi) a need to be trained  on the best technology available in practical terms, we need extension services that make sense to the farmers,” He added: “Germany is recognised for skills as such. Especially in agriculture, they are bringing in a lot of value".

The Workshop was well attended. One of the panel speakers, Wojciech Dziworski, Counsellor for Health and Food Safety, Trade and Economic Affairs, Delegation of the European Union to India, elaborated on the importance of innovation in agriculture and how trade can help to build capacities.
Wojciech Dziworski, Counsellor for Health and Food Safety, Trade and Economic Affairs an der EU-Delegation New Delhi Enlarge image Wojciech Dziworski, Counsellor for Health and Food Safety, Trade and Economic Affairs an der EU-Delegation New Delhi (© German Embassy New Delhi) "It takes time to develop a system of high value agriculture”, he said. “It is difficult for exporters to comply with the EU’s standards. However, through cooperation in particular in the framework of the EU-India Capacity Building Initiative for Trade Development, knowledge and understanding has been improved for the benefit of both sides. Nowadays, India exports by far more food to the EU than the EU does to India. India is the biggest exporter of fish to the EU"

During the following discussion, participants from the agribusiness sector presented their training activities for farmers and discussed Yaspal Singh, GEA Group AG, Sanjeev Kumar Asthana, ASCI, Alina Grumpert, German Agribusiness Alliance, Wojciech Dziworski, EU-Delegation New Delhi, Wouter Vorhey, Embassy of the Kindom of Netherlands Enlarge image Yaspal Singh, GEA Group AG, Sanjeev Kumar Asthana, ASCI, Alina Grumpert, German Agribusiness Alliance, Wojciech Dziworski, EU-Delegation New Delhi, Wouter Vorhey, Embassy of the Kindom of Netherlands (© German Embassy New Delhi) how cooperation with other stakeholders could add even more value. Mr. Asthana offered support from ASCI as a platform between the supply and demand side for training activities.

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Transforming India through agricultural innovation

Ambassador Dr Martin Ney held the opening speech at the expert discussion