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USISPF hosts luncheon in Iowa with Andhra Pradesh CM for US agri firms
Tuesday, 24 October, 2017, 08 : 00 AM [IST]
Des Moines
The US-India Strategic Partnership Forum (USISPF) hosted a roundtable luncheon in Des Moines, Iowa with Chandrababu Naidu, chief minister, Andhra Pradesh, for American agricultural companies attending the World Food Prize events. Naidu was invited to attend the World Food Prize meeting, which took place at Iowa State University recently.  USISPF, in conjunction with the university, organised the luncheon as a special session on agriculture as a part of the recent World Food Prize meetings.

The purpose of this roundtable was to discuss areas where the American industry may be able to work with the government of the southern Indian state to provide agricultural extension services to farmers, transfer the latest technical knowledge to the farming community, introduce high-yielding varieties, lay demonstrations, impart training to farmers to improve skills and knowledge to boost the agricultural production and productivity.

Roundtable attendees included key members of the Indian government, as well as representatives from American industry and organisations including John Deere Financials, PepsiCo, the US Department of Agriculture, the US India Foundation, GrainPro, Pioneer and the Global Food Banking Network. The discussion focused on US-India investment and trade opportunities and challenges with members of the Indian government, along with US industry representatives in the agriculture and feed sectors.

At the roundtable, Naidu said, “Agricultural cooperation between the United States and India allows the two countries to exchange innovative ideas and promote technical knowledge that has the power to boost agricultural production and yield, promising results for both countries.”

Mukesh Aghi, president, USISPF, introduced Naidu, saying, “There are great opportunities for collaboration between the United States and Andhra Pradesh. The Indian state has demonstrated leadership in the Indian food and agriculture industry by leading the way in initiatives such as mega food parks and cold chain development.”

The government of Andhra Pradesh and Iowa State University signed a Memorandum of Cooperation (MoC), aimed at extending cooperation in agricultural research, during Naidu’s visit to the United States in the spring of 2016. The focus areas for the chief minister included crop management, integrated plant protection, farm mechanisation and organic farming.

USISPF was launched in August by its chairman, John Chambers, chairman, Cisco, and other senior executives, including chairmen Punit Renjen, global chief executive officer, Deloitte LLP, and Edward Monser, president, Emerson Electric, and board members Indra Nooyi, chairwoman and chief executive officer, PepsiCo; Ajay Banga, president and chief executive officer, MasterCard; Susan Esserman, partner, Steptoe and Johnson; William Cohen, chairman and chief executive officer, The Cohen Group, and former secretary of defense William Cohen, Purna Saggurti, chairman, global corporate and investment banking, Bank of America Merrill Lynch, and Ambassador Frank Wisner, international affairs advisor, Squire Patton Boggs.
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