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TOI’s agri-tech meet discusses future of farming, sustainable hike in output | India News – Times of India

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NEW DELHI: Exploring use of technology in the country’s farm sector, the TOI’s Right To Excellence in association with Dhanuka Group, one of India’s leading plant protection companies, held an Agri-Tech Summit where experts underlined how various technologies, including artificial intelligence (AI), can be used to increase both production and productivity in an environment-friendly manner.
Experts at the Summit, held on Thursday, also emphasised on the need for widespread adoption of economically viable and ecologically sustainable technology.
Addressing the Summit, organised ahead of Kisan Diwas which falls on December 23, Dhanuka Group chairman R G Agarwal spoke in detail about the need for active legislation to stop illicit trade of pesticides and chemicals, which cause major damage to the farm sector.
He also outlined a five-point agenda to change the face of Indian agriculture — promotion of green manure to improve the health of the soil; widespread adoption of technology among farmers; construction of ponds for restoring water table and water management; seed treatment and government’s systematic withdrawal from the role of trader in agriculture space.
Participants, including R C Agrawal, deputy director general of Indian Council of Agricultural Research (ICAR), and Rakesh Sharda, principal scientist at Punjab Agriculture University, at the Summit deliberated on a range of topics such as digitisation, innovation, global growth, sustainable agriculture, agritech regulations, and GM technology.
“Agritech can be a gamechanger and it is our endeavour to explore how tech can unleash a farming revolution in India,” said Prasad Sanyal, business head, timesofIndia.com, while encapsulating the spirit of the summit in his inaugural address.



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