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INAE to host online workshop with agri and horti experts, others on Jan 10
Saturday, 08 January, 2022, 08 : 00 AM [IST]
Nandita Vijay, Bengaluru
In an effort to share the experiences in modern agricultural technologies, Indian National Academy of Engineering is working to understand implementation challenges, identify solutions, and recommend future strategies.

The effort is to bring to the fore the advantages of precision agriculture, artificial intelligence and machine learning (AI-ML) agriculture, farm mechanisation and secondary agriculture.

Successes and failures of agricultural technologies and the issues in its implementation come to the fore. It is imperative for the agri sector which covers farm lands, processing units and start-ups to devise strategies for effective implementation of  technologies.

Via an online workshop which ropes in the agriculture and horticulture experts  the Academy is hosting the event on January 10 with academics, scientists, industry practitioners, entrepreneurs, agriculturists, and administrators working in agricultural technologies.

The agriculture sector contributes to 16% of India’s GDP employing almost 50% of the total work-force. Despite significant improvement in food grain production, there are several challenges to address to make agriculture a sustainable and remunerative sector in the future.

Climate and global warming issues make farming unpredictable. Technology plays a key role in farming and agricultural practices. Digital technology and data analysis tools have brought in innovations in agricultural practices in improving crop yields and helping increase the income of the farming community, said the Academy.

Speaking to F&B News, Dr G Senthil Kumaran, Principal Scientist, IIHR, Bangalore, and moderator of the event for farm mechanisation said the need of the  hour is to maximise technology.  Practices like precision agriculture which is now a well established in farming management to optimise inputs and maximise crop yields. Similarly AI-ML provide real-time data to increase agricultural efficiencies, and reduce food production costs. Farm Mechanisation has been a game changer and secondary agriculture which agro-based manufacturing garners considerable benefits.  This would also be the only way to attract the cream of young qualified talent into agriculture.

Dr S Ayappan, Chairman, Karnataka Science and Technology Academy, Bengaluru, and Former Director General, ICAR, will inaugurate the session. Prof. VK Atre, Chairman INAE, Bangalore Chapter, Indian National Academy of Engineering, along with SR Umashankar, Principal Secretary, Department of Agriculture, Government of Karnataka will be present.
The guest of honour are Prof. S Rajendra Prasad, Vice-Chancellor, UAS GKVK, Bangalore; Prof. BN Srinivasa Murthy, Director, ICAR-IIHR, Bangalore; Prof. Navakanta Bhat, Dean, Division of Interdisciplinary Sciences, IISc, Bangalore; and Prof. Indranil Manna.

The speakers are Prof. Chindi Vasudevappa, Vice Chancellor, NIFTEM, Kundli, Haryana; Dr. C.R. Mehta, Director, ICAR- CIAE, Bhopal; Prof. M.S. Sheshshayee, UAS; Prof. Y. Narahari, IISc; and S Sivakumar, Group Head, Agri and IT Businesses, ITC.

Moderators of the event are Prof. Jaywant Arakeri, Professor, Mechanical Engineering, IISc; Dr. G. Senthil Kumaran Principal Scientist, IIHR, Bangalore; Dr. C.T. Ramachandra, Associate Professor, UAS, Bangalore; and Ravi Trivedi, Officer on Special Duty, Agriculture, Indian Administrative Fellowship, Government of Karnataka.
Panelists for Precision Agriculture are Dr. V. C. Patil, UAS, Dharwad; Dr. Rabi Sahoo IARI, New Delhi; Dr. Kesavan Subaharan ICAR-NBAIR, Bangalore; Dr. Prasanna Bhat, Bayer Crop Science; and Prof. K. R. Sreenivas, JNCASR, Bangalore.

For Farm Mechanization panelists are Prof. M. Veerangouda, Registrar, UAS, Raichur; S.V. Raju, chairman, Agricultural Machinery Manufacturers Association, India; N. Unnikrishnan, Superintending Engineer, Agricultural Engineering Dept., Tamilnadu; Manesh Jain, CEO, Flo Mobility, Bangalore; A. Rammohan, Executive Vice President and Business Head, TAFE.

Experts addressing  Secondary Agriculture include Dr. V. Palanimuthu Special Officer, CoAE, UAS,GKVK Bangalore; Dr. Ashwani Pareek, Executive Director, NABI, Mohali; Anil Naik, Innovative Food Consultant, Tumkur; and Prasanna Gudi, Assistant Manager, R & D, Coffee Processing & Quality HPRI, Sakleshpur.

Those addressing AI-ML agriculture would include Subrat Panda, CTO, AgNext; Aadith Moorthy CEO, Boomitra; and Dr. Nipun Mehrotra, founder, The Agri Collaboratory.
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