The Indian Council of Food and Agriculture (ICFA) held it’s 10th Global Agriculture Leadership Summit, 2017 on the 5th and 6th September at the Taj Diplomatic Enclave, New Delhi.
The summit’s theme ‘From Agriculture To Agribusiness’ provided a platform to key influencers from the Government, Industry Experts like NCDEX e Markets Ltd. (NeML), Farmers Leaders and others to discuss emerging opportunities for a global momentum towards making agriculture high-tech, market linked and value added for enhancing farmers’ income and benefit all stakeholders across the food value chain.
The event was graced by Shri Suresh Prabhu – Hon. Minister of Commerce and Industry, Shri Parshottam Rupala – Hon. Minister of State for Agriculture, Farmers Welfare & Panchayati Raj, Prof. MS Swaminathan – popularly known as the Father of India’s Green Revolution, Ambassador Kenneth Quinn – President, World Food Prize Foundation and Dr. MJ Khan – Chairman, ICFA.
The NCDEX Krishi Pragati Awards, 2017 held on 7th September at the Taj Mansingh Hotel in Delhi, was the first of its kind awards ceremony to recognise and felicitate outstanding agri value chain service providers for their invaluable support to the NCDEX Group to make agri markets transparent, simpler and safer.
With ‘One Nation, One Tax’ becoming a reality in the form of GST, India has now taken a firm step towards realising its goal of becoming ‘One Nation, One Market’ for Agricultural Commodities. However, Agricultural Marketing being a State subject, special attention needs to be given by the States to be part of this grand vision. A good example is the market reforms undertaken in the State of Karnataka through the Unified Market Platform (UMP) – an Online e-Trading Platform for Agricultural Produce. Continue reading “UMP: The Next Game Changer After GST?”
In July 2015, the Union Govt. Of India under the leadership of Hon. PM Narendra Modi embarked on an ambitious mission of transforming India into a digitally empowered society and knowledge economy. Titled ‘Digital India’, this initiative is centered on 3 key areas – Digital Infrastructure as a Utility to Every Citizen, On-demand Governance & Services and Digital Empowerment of Citizens, and is aimed at transforming the entire Public Services ecosystem through effective use of Information Technology.
As the clamour for Digital Transformation began earnestly in various Centre and State departments, it became critical to identify the most successful eGovernance projects as an inspiration and benchmark for others. The concept of ‘Gems Of Digital India Awards’ was thus conceived to identify and felicitate the best of the best eGovernance projects in India.