What did they say

  • Devesh Chaturvedi
    IAS, Additional Secretary, Ministry of Agricuture & Farmers' Welfare, Government of India

    Various steps were taken by Government of India to tackle climate change but are challenged by the presence of large number of small and marginal farmers, in absence of land being owned by them and are following the practice of tenancy farming. In absence of land rights, they are not able to avail any subsidy schemes

  • Shantanu Mitra
    Senior Climate & Envornment
    Advisor DFID Asia

    Multiple partnership and interventions are important and required to address the issue of climate change. For instance, UK Met offices, Indian Met Department, World Bank are to come together to share information on weather, and the information is made available at policy level, community level, both in rural and urban context

  • Nitin Puri
    Senior President & Global
    Head, FASAR, YES Bank

    YES Bank has been in association with NSFI as Knowledge Partner for the 7th consecutive year this year. More than one hundred starts up were documented for this year's report, focussing on horizontal and verticfal value chain, covering innovations from seed to storage.

  • Sanjeev Asthana
    Chairman, National Skills
    Foundation of India

    Global Agri Connect 2018 event brought together principal stakeholders to deliberate on emerging technologies and innovations in agriculture, thus increasing their outreach through positive solutions. Studies and general observation of things highlight climate change is happening and its effects are being felt across the world. The changes are becoming more inevitable and the challenge to address the issue is gaining momentum at all levels.

  • Bhawanjeet Singh
    Chief General Manager-Technical, EESL

    In India about 20 million agricultural pumps are in operation which are diesel based and are grid connected. With increasing cost and issues related to environment, solar system offers immense opportunity to replace the conventional pumps.

  • Arpit Srivastava
    Head-Business Development Products,
    Tata Power

    Tata Power has developed innovative solar solutions for both rural and urban markets that include off-grid and on-grid rooftop solutions and saawan solar water pumps. Main benefits include reduction of electricity bill and low maintenance cost of the units

  • Vidya Soundarajan
    Program Head-India, Action on Climate
    Today (ACT)

    Technology should be effectively used in developing products that help build resilience against climate change like insurance for crop, livestock and for produce. The role and contribution of private sector are important

  • Rajeev Ahal
    Director, GIZ

    Every State in India need to work and develop State Action Plan to meet out the climate change challenges. Linking action plan with financial institutions that include climate financing is important."

  • Ms Alka Bhargava
    IFS, Joint Secretary, NRM & IC, Ministry of Agriculture, Cooperation & Famers' Welfare, Government of India

    Various policy initiates are taken by the Government of India to build resilience of farmers against climatic aberrations. Changing cropping pattern and impoverished irrigation structures are the focus for CSA Technology."

  • Bharati Joshi
    Technical Director, CARE India Solutions for Sustainable Development

    Developing and scaling up gender sensitive CSAT remains a challenge and we need to move a long way to make it women inclusive. Currently the efforts observed during development phase and at policy level remains more of a tokenism showing no/minimum efforts only taken to integrate in all aspects of development and program implementation. With evolving CSAT across the spectrum, it is im[portant to recognise the role of women both in planning and implementation of CSAT.

  • Dr A K Singh
    Deputy Director General-Horticulture Sciences, ICAR

    We have to certainly develop innovative mechanism by making use of high-end technologies to develop varieties of produce that can mature in a short span of time so that they can withstand the onslaught of high temperature etc

  • Sai Krishna Nanduri
    Chief Executive Officer, NSFI

    " All deliberations of GAC18 have focussed on how the technologies need to be scaled up, how integration may have to be taken up - to ensure technology scaling up.

  • Prathemesh Barar
    Director, Business Development, Equicap Asia

    Mobilisation and attracting privagte investment to promote and scale up CSA technologies is a challenge. Equicap Asia play an important role in addressing the gap. CSA technology like Hydroponic farming has emerged as a way to grow vegetables in controlled enviornment and is successfully being carried out in Himachal Pradesh.

  • Shalini Sarin
    Chair, Signify Foundation (Philips)

    Developing and scaling up gender sensitive CSAT remains a challenge and we need to move a long way to make it women inclusive. Currently the efforts observed during development phase and at policy level remains more of a tokenism showing no/minimum efforts only taken to integrate in all aspects of development and program implementation. With evolving CSAT across the spectrum, it is im[portant to recognise the role of women both in planning and implementation of CSAT.

  • K S Murali
    Senior Program Officer, IDRC

    With men moving out in search of employment, India agriculture is run and managed by women in recent decades. But ironically the invovement of women in desigtning and development of CSA technologies is low or absent. To reduce the drudgery and heaklth risks associated with traditional firewood cooking.

  • Shubha Sekhar
    Director & Head-CSR & Sustainability, Coca-Cola India Pvt Ltd

    The most effective corporate Social sustainability model is to integrate efforts of all the stakeholders .