Govt. signed 15 contracts for harnessing bio-ethanol from bamboos: – Nitin Gadkari, Minister for Shipping, Road Transport and Highways

19 July, 2017

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The government has signed 15 contracts for harnessing bio-ethanol from bamboos. This was revealed by the Minister for Shipping, Road Transport and Highways – Nitin Gadkari at the ASSOCHAM’s conference on Crop Care and Doubling Farmers’ Income in New Delhi. The minister also laid out some measures to achieve the government’s objective of doubling farmers’ income.

Presenting the special address, the Chairman of the Parliamentary Committee on Agriculture – Hukmdev Yadav stated that the performance of state governments left much to be desired when it came to the agriculture sector. He reiterated the government’s commitment to the sector and stated that India’s wheat production would reach 300 mn tons by 2022.

Delivering the welcome address, the Chairman, Crop Care Federation of India- Rajju Shroff shared the growth of Indian agricultural sector in last 5 decades and stated that only agriculture can boost India’s economy.

The event also witnessed technical discussions on the theme of the day - Crop Care and Doubling Farmers’ Income: Myths, Challenges and Way Forward. Prominent dignitaries that graced the occasion included the Advisor (Public and Policy Affairs), Crop Care Federation of India – S. Ganeshan; CEO, Food Safety and Standards Authority of India – Pawan Agarwal; Chairman, APEDA – D K Singh; Director General, ICAR – Dr Trilochan Mahapatra; Senior Practice Head, Tata Strategic Management Group- Manish Panchal; President of ASSOCHAM – Sandeep Jajodia; Secretary General of ASSOCHAM – D. S. Rawat and Chairman of the ASSOCHAM National Council on Agriculture and Food Security – Dr H. P. Singh,  besides others.