Friday, September 23, 2011

Meeting on “Food Security and Safety"

The FAPCCI CEO Forum organized an interactive meeting on “Food Security and Safety – Role of Crop Technologies” on 22 September 2011 at 11 am at Hotel Katria, Hyderabad.

Dr. Gyanendra Shukla, Lead-Cotton Traits & Director (Corporate Affairs), Monsanto India, New Delhi was the Chief guest and Mr. Mr. V.S. Raju, President, FAPCCI, Mr. Devendra Surana, Senior Vice President, FAPCCI, Mr. M.V. Rajeshwara Rao, Secretary General, FAPCCI and Mr. K. Bhaskar Reddy, MD, Creamline Dairy Products Ltd, Mr. Anil Reddy, MD, Nayastrap Technologies Private Limited, Mr. Gowra Srinivas, MD, Gowra Petrochem Ltd, Mr. Abhay Kumar Jain, Leading CA, Mr. Karunendra S. Jasti, MD, Stypack Private Limited, Mr. Hari Haran, Chairman, International Trade relations committee, FAPCCI and many others have participated at the occasion.

Dr. Gyanendra Shukla said in his chief guest address is that the India’s food demand by 2020 is 850 million metric tons and it is close to the double on 440 million metric tons that present Indians has using. At the same time world have double food demand by 2030. China and Brazil is growing very fast with biotechnology to improving their quality and protein based food development through their routine crop lands. Particularly China and Brazil spending more funds in their food and agriculture based technology, to grow significantly in respective fields.

The formers are suffering for tools, pesticides, quality seeds and the fair market price. At this present globalization time the all State’s and Indian Government should provide better quality based seed and knowledge to the formers. And government should spend more money in agricultural and food based technology development and research. The state and central governments also give an assurance for better price to the former for their crops.

Dr. Gyanendra Shukla also said that the RNI is another promising technology in agriculture. Through the genetic technology now all types of vegetables are available in all seasons across the globe.

Mr. V.S. Raju said that the Food security refers to the availability of food and one’s access to it. A household is considered food-secure when its occupants do not live in hunger or fear of starvation. Worldwide around 852 million people are chronically hungry due to extreme poverty; six million children die of hungry every year ie 17,000 every day. The ongoing global credit crisis has affected farm credits, despite a boon in commodity prices. Food security is a complex topic, standing at the intersection of many disciplines.

Mr. Devendra Surana appreciated the power point presentation on new innovation technologies to develop agri-food across the nation and honored the Chief Guest.

Many agriculture and food product manufacturers, food technologists, agriculture scientists and numerous participants have participated at the interactive session with Dr. Gyanendra Shukla.

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