Coming together of 13 countries makes it a platform to showcase agricultural progress: Bharti Enterprises Vice Chairman

Punjab and Haryana will be the host states for the four-day international agricultural expo, while Madhya Pradesh and Gujarat are partner states. Israel is the partner country for CII Agro Tech 2016.

By: Express News Service | Chandigarh | Published:November 19, 2016 5:24 am
Bharti Enterprises, Agro Tech, Confederation of Indian Industry, Israel, Pranab Mukherjee, news, latest news, India news, national news Rumjhum Chatterjee, Chairperson, CII Northern Region, Rakesh Bharti Mittal (CII Vice President and Vice Chairman Bharti Enterprises) and Babu Khan, Region Director, CII Northern Region while interacting with the media to announce the 12th edition of India’s premier integrated Agri Fair, Agro Tech. (Express photo)

The 12th edition of Agro Tech will have 92 domestic and 47 international participants from 13 countries. Organised by the Confederation of Indian Industry (CII), the event will be held at Parade Ground in Sector 17 from November 19 to 22. Punjab and Haryana will be the host states for the four-day international agricultural expo, while Madhya Pradesh and Gujarat are partner states. Israel is the partner country for CII Agro Tech 2016.

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Union Ministry of Agriculture and Farmers’ Welfare, Union Ministry of Food Processing Industries, Agricultural and Processed Food Products Export Development Authority (APEDA), and the Ministry of Commerce & Industry, Government of India, are partner ministries for the fair.

Vice-president and vice-chairman, Bharti Enterprises, Rakesh Bharti Mittal, on Friday said the heads of two nations – Pranab Mukherjee, President of India, and Reuven Rivlin, President of Israel – will come together to officially inaugurate the event on Sunday.

“Their presence and coming together of 13 countries makes CII Agro Tech 2016 a truly international platform to showcase agricultural advancement. It highlights the growing importance of agriculture and food processing sector in India as well as the fact that CII Agro Tech 2016 is becoming a global platform,” he said.

He added that CII has adopted the theme ‘Building Global Competitiveness’ for CII Agro Tech 2016, which is in aligned with CII’s National Theme, ‘Building National Competitiveness’.

“On the international participation, we are proud that Israel is the partner country with Canada and Germany as focus countries and Great Britain as guest country. The 12th edition of Agro Tech has participation of 47 overseas companies from 13 countries – Canada, China, Denmark, Germany, Israel, Italy, Malaysia, South Africa, Spain, The Netherlands, Turkey, United Kingdom and USA – that make it a global event. Rumjhum Chatterjee, chairperson, CII Northern Region, said the edition of CII agro Tech event will play a pivotal role in creating a common platform for the farmer community.

“Apart from large domestic participation, this year CII Agro Tech 2016 has significant presence of international players in food processing and agriculture sector. We have also envisaged several theme based conferences & country specific sessions to build capacity and capability in Indian Farming Sector,” she said. Chatterjee added that CII has also scheduled a focused discussion on ‘Doubling of the Farmers Income by 2022’.