Number of Start-ups projected to increase to over 11,500 with 2.5-3 lakh new jobs by 2020: FICCI-PwC Report
NEW DELHI, 16 November 2018: Mr Suresh Prabhu, Minister of Commerce and Industry, Government of India today said that innovations and new ideas will be essential to overcome the challenges arising in the agriculture sector globally.
Speaking at the 'International Conference & Awards for Innovations by Agri Startups' organised by FICCI, Mr Prabhu said that to promote new innovations and ideas, start-up companies in agriculture sector should be encouraged. "We have to produce more but there is a threat to existing products and this is going to be an extremely important issue. Agri innovation is the most important innovation the world would need in the field of agriculture at various levels and in different forms", he emphasised.
He said start-ups could use technology and bring innovations in areas such as making land and soil more fertile; producing agriculture from waste water; minimal use of fertilisers and pesticides and better productivity.
Mr. Prabhu also released the FICCI-PwC Knowledge Report on 'Agri-Start-ups: Innovations for boosting the Future of Agriculture in India' and also gave away the 'Business Excellence Awards for Innovations by Agri Start-ups'.
Mr Alexandre Ziegler, Ambassador of France to India, highlighted the strong relationship between India and France especially in the agriculture sector. He said that France has already started using hi-end technologies like drones, artificial intelligence, big data etc. to ensure increase the productivity and invited Indian companies to invest in France.
Mr T R Kesavan, Chairman, FICCI National Agriculture Committee & President and COO, TAFE Ltd. said that areas such as farm to the farm head; farm at storages and storage to markets were crucial areas where agri start-ups can use innovations. It was imperative for start-ups to adopt sustainable business models to hep the farm sector.
Mr Pravesh Sharma, Adviser- FICCI Agriculture Division and CEO Kamatan Farm Tech Pvt. Ltd. stressed the need for creating an ecosystem for the sustainability of start-ups and emphasised the need for using disruptive technologies in the agriculture sector.
FICCI Business Excellence Awards for Agri Startups 2018:
Innovation in the Field of Agriculture - Sickle Innovations Pvt. Ltd
- Miklens Bio Pvt. Ltd.
- Swasti Agro and Bioproducts Pvt. Ltd.
Impactful Agri Startup - Gramshree Development Services Pvt. Ltd.
Inspirational Agri Startup - Y-Cook India Pvt. Ltd.
FICCI-PwC Report: Agri-Startups: Innovations for boosting the future of Agriculture in India
The following are the highlights of the report:
The report notes that agri-startups need to customize suitably for wading into market that has scant technology adoption rate (due to limited budgets and inconvenience with its usage) and re-orient their methods of selling, which essentially will be different from urban India and start-ups operating there.
FICCI MEDIA DIVISION
Commerce Minister Suresh Prabhu says innovations alone can solve future agricultural problems likely to arise in country
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