November 7th 2017, Hyderabad
The Agricultural Economics Research Association (AERA) based at New Delhi that has a membership of over 1000 agricultural economists and social scientists is organizing its silver jubilee annual conference at ICAR- National Academy of Agricultural Research Management (NAARM), Hyderabad during 7-9 November 2017. The theme for this year’s conference is “Doubling Farmers’ Income: Options and Strategies”.
The conference was inaugurated by Shri.S.Niranjan Reddy, Vice Chairman, State Planning Board of Telangana State in the forenoon of on 7th November. In the inaugural speech, he highlighted the various initiatives being taken up by Telangana State Government such as Mission Kakatiya, Vegetable markets, focus on e- NAM etc. which are all aimed at increasing the income of the farmers and also complement efforts of Central sector schemes.
Dr.P.K.Joshi, Director, International Food Policy Research Institute (South Asia) and also the president of AERA highlighted the scope of the conference such as special lectures/ sessions by eminent economists of the country. He opined that Doubling of Farmers’ Income can be a reality through aggregation of farm holdings, linking farmers with markets, promoting agro processing, addressing trade related issues, agribusiness promotion and by building public – private partnership for inclusive reforms. The conference president Dr.P.G.Chengappa spoke on the experiences of agricultural value chains as an important intervention for effectively increasing farmers’ income. He quoted several case studies of basmati rice, poultry, sugarcane, rubber, coffee, tea, maize etc. which have succeeded at various scales in value chain management. He also emphasized on capacity building of value chain players and focus on agribusiness extension.
Dr.Ch.Srinivasa Rao, Director, NAARM spoke on various technology and policy alternatives for achieving the Prime Minister’s vision of doubling the farmers’ income by the year 2022. Earlier, Dr.R.Kalpana Sastry, Joint Director, NAARM welcomed the dignitaries and the delegates of the conference and at the end Dr.K.Srinivas, Principal Scientist and Organizing Secretary of the conference proposed vote of thanks. Eminent agricultural scientists and economists such as Dr.S.S.Acharya, Dr.K.Mahendra Dev, Dr.Mrutyunjaya, Dr.D.K.Marothia are participating in the conference deliberations besides another 120 agricultural economists of ICAR, agriculture universities and other institutions of the country.
(Source: ICAR-NAARM, Hyderabad)