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Press Release

2011 Ag Bio Summit in Coimbatore, India

COIMBATORE: Migration of farmers towards urban areas is high. This is due to the poor pricing of agricultural produce. The Indian farmer is highly innovative, but the remuneration is very less. Innovation in biotechnology can only increase the remuneration of the farmer, P. Rama Mohana Rao, Agricultural Production Commissioner and Principal Secretary, said here on Monday.

He was speaking at the three-day Global Summit on “Agricultural Biotechnology Innovations AgBio 2011” at the Tamil Nadu Agricultural University.

The summit on the theme “Ensuring Food, Nutrition, Energy and Health Security” is being conducted by the university in collaboration with Maryland India Business Round Table (MIBRT), the U.S., a non-profit organisation that promotes business between the U.S. and Indian companies. “The cultivable land is reducing. Whatever is left out is also degrading. It has to be seen how best biotechnology can be put to use to get maximum benefits,” Mr. Rao said. He insisted that biotechnology should not only be used to improve agriculture, but also to improve poultry and marine life.

Elisha Pulivarti, Executive Director, MIBRT, said that within the next 25 years, farmers in Asia must increase their yield by 50 per cent to 75 per cent to meet the increasing demands.

Kiran K. Sharma, Chief Executive Officer, Agri-Science Park, ICRISAT, Hyderabad, reading out the message of William D. Dar, Director General of ICRISAT, said there was need to increase the food production. Awards under various categories were given away to experts by MIBRT to recognise business leaders and institutions who had contributed significantly to the growth of agriculture and biotechnology. The award for Outstanding Visionary Leadership for Tamil Nadu was given to Agriculture Minister Veerapandi S. Arumugam. His son A. Raja, MLA of Veerapandi Constituency, received the award on his behalf.

Outstanding AgBio Leader of the Year award went to Vidya Sagar Parchuri, Chairman, Vibha Seeds Group. The Outstanding Entrepreneur of the Year award went to G.R.K. Reddy, Chairman, Marg Limited. Award for Outstanding AgBio Business Leadership of the Year was given to Suresh K. Agrawal, Chairman, Bejo Sheetal Seeds Pvt. Ltd. Outstanding Leadership Support and Commitment to Promote AgBio award was presented to P. Murugesa Boopathi, V-C, TNAU, and William D. Dar, Director General of ICRISAT.

Up-Coming Events:

June 27-July 1, 2011: Bio International Convention at Washington, DC- Bio Delegation will visit Maryland
August 19th: CEO Executive Breakfast series. from 8:00 to 10:00 am. Place: MIBRT Board Room in Largo, Maryland.
September 23, 2011: "India Tech Summit".  Washington DC. From 10:00 am to 3:00 P.M.
October 24-25, 2011: Ag Bio Summit- Africa. Place: Egypt.
November 17, 2011:  MIBRT Annula Awards Gala and Dinner at Martins Crosswinds, Greenbelt, Maryland.
The MIBRT partnership with Prince George's County Economic Development Corporation, (PGCEDC) and U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) and Electronics & Computer Software Export Promotion Council (ESC) and Washington Adventist University and number of Governments and Chambers in U.S. and in India.
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