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Inaugural Session: Global Dialogue on Digital Pathways in Agriculture 2.0

The agricultural sector is the most critical economic sector and the agriculture industry will become arguably more important than ever before in the next few decades. Big Data Analytics, Data Science and Internet of Things(IoT) can provide critical in-depth data and information that can be utilized to achieve greater production capabilities and ensure food security for the nation.

It is imperative for the farming industry to embrace the use of precision agriculture and harness the benefits of IoT to better understand the wider conditions that lead to variabilities. Embedding intelligence into the design and operation of machines will allow sensor information to be combined with other data for the best possible knowledge usage of the farmer.

Technology has been a major driver of agriculture growth and played a key role in improving the livelihood opportunities of the farmers. The spectrum of technology solutions for improving efficiency and productivity as well as reducing the costs along the value chain is huge and diversified. Digital pathways in agriculture is about exploring the potential of such technologies that allow farmers to manage their farm activities better, thereby increasing the income and contribute to the overall agricultural growth.

The Inaugural session provides the platform for discussions on establishing partnerships and financing to supplement transfer and adoption of efficient and emerging technologies essential in achieving the objectives of increasing the agricultural productivity, ensuring food security and reducing wastage of resources. The session will also deliberate on availability of advanced digital technology, the scope of adoption at the farm level, barriers to adoption, its impact on policy and scaling up in the Indian scenario. It will also highlight the progress made globally and the evolving role of technology and entrepreneurship in agriculture.


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Session I: Precision Agriculture

A key component of precision ag farm management approach is the use of information technology and a wide array of items such as GPS guidance, control systems, sensors, robotics, drones, autonomous vehicles, GPS-based soil sampling, automated hardware, telematics, and software.

The primary aim of precision agriculture is to ensure profitability, efficiency, and sustainability while protecting the environment. This is achieved by using the big data gathered by this technology to guide both immediate and future decisions on everything from where in the field to apply a particular rate, to when it’s best to apply chemical, fertilizer or seed.

Like any other industry, we need more advocates to drive greater adoption and hence greater efficiency. Farmers need support with training and expertise to successfully implement innovative technologies to ensure success.

The amount of data that can potentially be captured by technologies such as drones, and satellites on a daily basis will give agricultural business a new ability to predict changes and identify opportunities. Satellite machine vision applications (for weather, crop health, predicting crop yield, etc) will become more and more commonplace for large industrial farms in the coming years.

It will be important that farmers are equipped with training that is up-to-date to ensure the technologies are used and continue to improve. This will help to prove the value of these tools over the long haul.

This session shall deliberate the current state of precision agriculture technologies available globally. How farmers are using them to increase production and where the next wave of development should focus on to achieve food security for the country.

Machine Learning &
Artificial Intelligence
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Session II: Machine Learning and Artificial Intelligence led Solutions

Advanced technologies such as Artificial Intelligence (AI) and Cloud Machine Learning are today providing crop and soil monitoring solutions, predictive agricultural analytics as well as helping build supply chain efficiencies thus empowering small-holder farmers to increase their income through higher crop yield and greater price control. Other AI based solutions that have huge scope in Indian are programmed drones for crop dusting, and deployment of robots as a service to replace larger tractors.

Although the use of AI and Cloud Machine Learning is very promising when it comes to farming, the requirement of large amounts of clean data is a key constraint particularly in the context of agriculture as much of the data is only available once per year during the growing season, making research cycles limited. For India in particular, given that majority of our farmlands are still remain fragmented, a mass assertion, or holistic data collection is a key challenge.

Extensive testing and validation of emerging AI applications in this sector will be critical as agriculture is impacted by environmental factors that cannot be controlled unlike other industries where risk is easier to model and predict. The session will dwell upon the new age Artificial Intelligence (AI) and Cloud Machine based solutions relevant in Indian context and measures for holistic data collection for scaling of these solutions in India.

Spotlight on

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Session III: Spotlight on Innovations

The Indian agritech ecosystem is being revolutionized by enterprises providing technology based innovative agri solutions making farming more sustainable and profitable for farmers. Another interesting development is increasing interest of entrepreneurs with non-agricultural backgrounds to foray into innovating in agriculture given the huge need and opportunity in the segment. Farming as a service, Big Data analytics for improving farm productivity, market linkage models for farmers are some of the emerging segments of interest for the agriprenuers.

The session with innovators will focus on showcasing the emerging Innovators and agriprenuers, highlighting their innovative solution for the farm sector and mainstreaming these solutions.
Key Speakers
-------------------------   Inaugural Session  -------------------------
Ram Dhulipala
Head - Digital Ag Initiatives
International Crops Research Institute for the Semi-ARID Tropics (ICRISAT)
Ranveer Chandra
Chief Scientist
Microsoft Azure Global
Rohtash Mal
Chairman & MD
Siebe Schuur
Agricultural Counsellor
Embassy of the Netherlands
Mr Salil Singhal
CII National Council on Agriculture and Chairman Emeritus
PI Industries
Ms Ratika Jain
Global Innovation & Technology Alliance (GITA)
Ms Anat Bernstein Reich
Israel-India Chamber of Commerce
-------------------------   Precision Agriculture  -------------------------
C S Murthy
Head - Agricultural Sciences
and Applications
National Remote Sensing Centre
James Miller
Group Chief Technology Officer
TAFE - Tractors and Farm Equipment Ltd
Ofer Gol
Business Development Manager,
Kidum - Ministry of Agriculture
Ramesh Ramachandran
Senior Vice President
Strategy & Precision Farming
Mahindra & Mahindra Ltd
Mr Pramod Rajan
Head – R &D
International Tractors Ltd (Sonalika Group)
-------------------------   Machine Learning & Artificial Intelligence Solutions  -------------------------
Debasis Dan
Principal Data and Applied Scientist
Microsoft India
Sandeep S Joshi
Director, Asia Technology Innovation Center
John Deere India Pvt Ltd
Dr Aravind S. Bharadwaj
Chief Technology Officer
Farm Equipment Sector
Mahindra & Mahindra Ltd
Prof Dharmendra Singh
Professor in Department
of Electronics & Communication Engineering, Microwave Imaging & Space Technology Application Lab, Indian Institute of Technology Roorkee
Mr Swanand Gudhate
Lead – Precision Agriculture
idea Forge Technology Pvt Ltd
-------------------------   Spotlight on Innovations  -------------------------
Amardeep Sibia
Devendra Chandani
Co-founder and Head of Business
Intello Labs Pvt Ltd
Jatin Singh
Founder and Managing Director
Skymet Weather Services Pvt. Ltd
Padmaja Ruparel
Co Founder & President
Indian Angel Network (IAN),
Pranav Manpuria
Saurabh Kumar
Taranjeet Singh Bhamra
Founder & CEO
Ms Caylee Talpert
Vice President
Business Development
Dr. Nimrod Israely
Founder and CEO
Biofeed Ltd and The Fruit Fly Research Institute
Mr Ido Batchko
Founder & COO
Amaizz Israel
Mr Kunal Prasad
Co-Founder ,COO
CropIn Technology Solutions
Pvt Ltd
Mr Shehzad Lokhandwalla
CTO, and Co-Founder
Institutional Partner
Country Partners
Associate Sponsor
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