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FAI's Annual Seminar 2021 Starts Today

Inaugural Session of FAI Annual Seminar 2021 held today at India Habitat Centre, New Delhi, India. The theme of the annual seminar would be ‘Challenges in Fertilizer and Agriculture’ from December 1-3. In view of restriction in gathering due to COVID-19, the FAI Annual Seminar will be in hybrid mode this year also.

Shivam Dwivedi

Inaugural Session of FAI Annual Seminar 2021 has started today at India Habitat Centre, New Delhi, India. The theme of the annual seminar that will end on 3 December is ‘Challenges in Fertilizer and Agriculture’. In view of restriction in gathering due to COVID-19, the FAI Annual Seminar is being held in hybrid mode.

During the 3-day event, discussions and presentations will be held on issues related to economic policies, climate-resilient agriculture, technological advancements in fertilizer production, and efficiency in the marketing of fertilizer products.

The Inaugural Session

Satish Chander, Director General, FAI, K.S Raju, Chairman, FAI & Trilochan Mohapatra, Secretary (Dare) & DG , ICAR, together inaugurated the Annual Seminar 2021 and greeted all the dignitaries in the inaugural session. The three also released this year's FAI Publications. 

Many eminent speakers participated in this international seminar, including foreign delegates which will include policymakers, industry veterans, and experts from national and global institutions. Krishan Lal Chaddha, Padma Shri Awardee was also present at the event.

Release of FAI publications
Release of FAI publications

K.S. Raju, Chairman, FAI highlighted that during Covid-times, the government has responded well by enhancing subsidies and thereby resolved the problem of high-cost of fertilizers. He said, “Indian agriculture continues to face a number of challenges, it suffers from low-crop productivity, low-nutrient & water use efficiency, inefficient use of Agri inputs, etc”.

He suggested balanced and integrated nutrient management, water management, an appropriate cropping system, and better agricultural practices to achieve the national goal of sustainable agriculture along with the optimum use of natural resources.  

During the event, various awards were given under different categories to prominent people from the industry. 

Satish Chander said that "The fertilizer Industry emerged stronger than ever after Covid 19. We manufactured, exported, and sold the maximum amount of fertilizer during the pandemic. Last year, the total sale was 9% higher than the previous year. The government provided record subsidy to the farmers of the country which accounted for Rs 1.32 lakh crore. This is huge in itself." 

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