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For the first time, Pakistan to attend India's biggest farm fair
Nov 14, 2014

A farmer and industry delegation from Pakistan will attend this year's biennial 'Agro Tech and Business Fair' which is to be organized by the CII in coordination with agriculture and food processing ministries from November 22-25 at Chandigarh. 
Though the delegation from Islamabad will comprise of only private individuals and industry representatives, it is the first time that such a group from Pakistan will attend the Agro Tech where they will attend country specific sessions and exchange notes with their counterparts from India, South Africa and Germany. 
This year's Agro Tech is to be organized in the backdrop of Prime Minister Narendra Modi's strong pitch for improving productivity through "more crop per drop" (optimum utilization of water resources in agriculture) and use of scientific innovation in farm practices. 
Representatives from 10 other countries, including South Africa and Germany, will also participate in the fair. Ways and means to increase farm productivity, methods of water conservation and propagation of climate smart agriculture practices will be discussed among other issues concerning agriculture and farmers' welfare. 
Pawan Goenka, chairman, CII Agro Tech 2014 and executive director, Mahindra & Mahindra Ltd said, "We aim to showcase the latest technological innovations which have potential to take Indian agriculture to the next level". 
The fair will focus on policy issues by bringing all key stakeholders - governments, research institutions, scientists, associations, farmers and the industry - on a single platform and thereby helping in attracting higher investments in agriculture and related sectors. 
Asked to identify the areas which, he thinks, should be the priority of policy-makers to improve farm productivity in India, Goenka pitched for mechanization of farm practices, irrigation facilities to all farmers across the country and efforts to bring innovations in the field of agriculture from research institutions to farmers. 
The Agro Tech will also feature special 'Kisan Goshthees', a value added platform for farmers where scientists and experts will share with them the best practices in areas like protected agriculture & precision farming, climate change, water & soil management, use of solar energy for agriculture, organic farming and reducing pesticide usage among others.