Future Agritech Summit 2017

Created by Community Moderator on Sep 6, 2017

Friday, October 13, 2017 at Hotel Taj Mansingh, New Delhi

Starts at 9:00 AM · Ends at 4:00 PM, IST (Asia/Calcutta)


NASSCOM Centre of Excellence-IoT, in partnership with YES Global Institute (YGI) invite you to the Agri Transformation Summit 2017 scheduled for 13th October 2017, New Delhi.


Agriculture plays an extremely key role in India’s economy. Over 58% of the rural households depend on agriculture as their principal means of livelihood. India is one of the global powerhouses in the agricultural sector by virtue of being the second largest producer in the global agricultural output. The growth in agriculture in India in the last 14 years was 350 percent higher than the one achieved in the previous 30 years and is forecasted to reach US$ 1,640 billion in 2017. The adoption of emerging digital technologies by this sector is expected to be one of the key influencers in the growth and enablement of efficient digital agriculture.


With the theme of Digitization and Business of Agriculture, this one-of-a-kind initiative ever witnessed by this sector, will bring together senior decision makers like Ministry of IT, Ministry of Agriculture, Entrepreneurs, Innovators and other relevant stakeholders from the eco-system to display and discuss the innovation in technologies and the subsequent adoption of these technologies that will shape the future of this pivotal sector.


It will be a privilege to have your presence at this Summit to participate and interact with the industry to help build an adaptive and collaborative agriculture eco-system.






Session Details

Registration - 9.00 AM - 09.30 AM

Inaugural Session

9.30 - 10.30 AM

  • Welcome Address: Mr. Sanjeev Malhotra, CEO, NASSCOM CoE-IoT
  • Introductory Address - Road to GES by NITI Aayog: Dr. Anna Roy, Advisor, NITI Aayog
  • Industry Address: Mr. Abinash Kumar Gupta. Head Agro-India. McCain Foods India
  • Industry Address: Mr. Rajendra Nath Goswami, SGM & Head – Agriculture, BOSCH
  • Special Address: Shri P. Srinivas, Member, WDRA
  • Special Address: Shri Srivatsa Krishna, CEO & Secretary, Coffee Board of India *
  • Special Address: Dr. Ajay Kumar, Addl. Secretary, MeITY
  • Keynote Address: Shri Ramesh Chand, NITI Aayog*
  • Keynote Address: Shri Radha Mohan Singh, Hon’ble Union Minister for Agriculture & Cooperation and Farmer’s Welfare*
  • Theme Address & Vote of Thanks: Mr. Nitin Puri, Senior President, Food and Agri Strategic Advisory and Research, YES BANK

Panel Discussion I

10.30 - 11.30 AM

Transformational Role of Digital Technologies in India’s F&A sector (NASSCOM CoE-IoT led panel discussion)

The Indian agribusiness sector stands to greatly benefit from the numerous innovative digital technologies across farm, post farm, processing, market and logistics legs of the value chain that have emerged in the recent past. Major challenges confronting Indian agriculture include declining farm productivity, unsustainable usage of resources, diminishing and degrading natural resources, a rapidly growing demand for quality & safe food, stagnating farm incomes and fragmented land holdings, can be overcome through sustainable & scalable deployment of such digital technologies & infrastructure.

Applications across payments, farm management, markets, automation, life sciences, inputs, financial services, energy, mechanisation and other legs of the value chain deploying IT, IoT, Block chain, AI (Artificial Intelligence), VR (Virtual Reality), Data Sciences & Predictive Technologies amongst others, are increasingly making their presence felt, albeit on a small scale & in a disaggregated manner.

The panel will deliberate on ways and means to leverage above technologies to transform the food and agribusiness landscape of India and to bring out a suitable policy & technology road-map, which will significantly enhance income, farm productivity & profitability in this significant sector

Session Moderator: Prof. M. Moni, Chief Advisor (IT), Ministry of Agriculture & Farmers' Welfare, Govt. of India


  • Venkata Krishna V., Global Practice Leader – Agribusiness, ITC Infotech Ltd.
  • Rajesh Urkude, Head mKRISHI Planning & Operations, Tata Consultancy Services
  • Ravishankar Mantha, CEO, Agrisk Data Analytics Ltd.
  • Mukesh Sadana, Financial Inclusion & Digital Development Specialist, USAID
  • Wouter Verhey, Agriculture Counsellor, Netherland Embassy
  • Nora Galway, Agriculture Counsellor, Australian Embassy
  • Manisha Sharma Kohli, Global Product Management Leader, IBM Watson IoT Industry Offerings

11:30 – 11:45 AM

Digital Banking Showcase: YES BANK


11:45 AM – 12:00 PM

Networking Break

Panel Discussion II

12.00 – 1.00 PM

Innovative Financing for adoption of Digital Technologies in Food & Agri & allied sectors (YES BANK - led panel discussion)

While the challenges in the food & agri value chain in India are well acknowledged & identified, the critical impediment lies in ensuring adequate financing structures & mechanisms for enabling the sustainable & scalable deployment of ICTs in this sector. The collaborative role of Industry & the Govt. is also critical in ensuring successful roll out of ICT interventions.

R&D in Digital technologies for Agriculture have been on the fast track, but still there is a significant lack of institutional support to these startups, as well as there is a large agrarian population that is still deprived of the benefits of such technical advancements. This necessitates the case for a robust institutional & policy mechanism to ensure innovative financing structures to help support both the technology/ service providers as well as end users of these services alike. This will help in incubation of more innovations as well as in diffusion of these technologies on a large scale across the agribusiness value chain.

Moderator: Sumit Gupta, Group President and National Head, Business & Rural Banking, YES BANK


  • Hemendra Mathur, Venture Partner, Bharat Innovation Fund
  • Subhadeep Sanyal, Principal, Omnivore Partners
  • Amardeep Sibia, CEO, Satsure
  • Ritu Verma, Co-Founder, Managing Partner, Ankur Capital
  • Anubhav Patnaik, MLA (Odisha State Assembly)
  • Scott S. Sindelar, Agriculture Counsellor, U.S. Embassy
  • Krishna Kumar, CEO, CropIn Technology Solutions

1.00 – 2.00 PM

Meet the Disruptors: Start-Up/Innovator Demo Presentations (5-6 mins each)

  • Kaustubh Dhonde, AutoNxt Automation (IoT for Mechanization)
  • Suneel Mekala, Aspiring Wings (Integrated Post Harvest Supply Chain)
  • Taranjeet Singh Bhamra, AgNext (IoT for Agro Life Science Technology)
  • Sachin Murgunde, Harvest Grid (Adoption of ICT / IOT for Social Impact)
  • Jaisimha Rao, TartanSense (Drone Technology)
  • Amardeep Sibia, CEO, Satsure (Data Analytics)
  • Lokesh Singh, COO & Co-Founder, Farmart Services (e-commerce)

2.00 PM

Networking Lunch

2.15 – 3.15 PM

Agri Today & Tomorrow A Digital Perspective: Closed Door CEOs Panel

A closed door discussion to deliberate on creating a conducive ecosystem for adopting new-age innovations in agriculture, through appropriate covering Policy, Technology & Financing interventions form various stakeholders.

Session Chair: Prof. M. Moni, Chief Advisor (IT), Ministry of Agriculture & Farmers' Welfare, Govt. of India

  • Dr. Anna Roy, Advisor, Niti Aayog
  • Sumit Gupta, Group President and National Head, Business & Rural Banking, YES BANK
  • M. R. Patel, Director (IT Services), IFFCO
  • Simmar Pal Singh, CEO - India, Louis Dreyfus Company
  • Neelima Dwivedi, Head - Corp Affairs, PepsiCo India
  • Vikas Mittal, MD - India Sub Continent, McCain Foods India
  • Vikas Dawra, Group President, YES BANK
  • Hemendra Mathur, Venture Partner, Bharat Innovation Fund
  • Sunil Khairnar, Founder, Indian Society of Agri Professionals
  • Sachin Nandwana, Co- Founder & Director, BigHaat.com
  • Nitin Puri, Senior President, FASAR, YES BANK
  • Devendra Gupta, Co-founder & CEO, Ecozen Solutions
  • Rohtash Mal, CEO, EM3
  • Baskar Reddy, Executive Director, Syngenta Foundation India
  • Taranjeet Singh Bhamra, Director, AgNext
  • Krishna Kumar, CEO, CropIn Technology Solutions
  • Ravishankar Mantha, CEO, Agrisk Data Analytics Ltd
  • Abhilash Thirupathy, Director & Co-founder, Gold Farm
  • Anubhav Patnaik, MLA (Odisha State Assembly)
  • Mr. Rajendra Nath Goswami, Head-Agribusiness, Bosch
  • Sanjeev Malhotra, CEO, NASSCOM CoE-IoT
  • Siraj Chaudhry, Chairman, Cargill  India
  • Nora Galway, Agriculture Counsellor, Australian Embassy
  • Raghuram Lanka, Program Manager, Microsoft India
  • Taranbir Singh, Senior President and Country Head, Rural Retail Banking

3:15-3:20 PM

 Closing Remarks by Preeti Sinha, Senior President & Glocal Convenor, YES Global Institute






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