Mechanization for India, a political challenge
The fourth edition of the EIMA Agrimach international exposition was inaugurated by a great conference. For the occasion, Indian Minister for Agriculture Radha Mohan Singh and the heads of the organizing administrations of the event presented the goals of the country's agriculture policies and the exhibition's role for boosting the spread of innovation technologies here
The fourth edition of the EIMA Agrimach was opened with an inaugural ceremony led by political figures and institutional representatives and attended by a full audience of business people. Speaking at the ceremony, Vinay Mathur, the Secretary General of the Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industry, recalled that the review was the product of close cooperation between his FICCI and FederUnacoma, the Italian Agricultural Machinery Manufacturers Federation.
The Italian ambassador to India, Lorenzo Angeloni, affirmed that this cooperation is a part of a process of growing synchronization between the people of India and Italy. He pointed out that there is a community of 300,000 Indians living in Italy and an increasing number of Italians and Italian initiatives in India.
FICCI Director General Arbind Prasad said that especially in the sector of agriculture, this bilateral cooperation is geared to foster the rapid growth of the primary sector targeted on the small farm holdings, which account for an important component in the country’s social and production fabric. Additional Secretary in the Ministry of Agriculture Jalaj Srivastava and Minister of Agriculture Radha Mohan Singh, for their parts, confirmed that in recent years a number of important policies for the development of agriculture have been brought in not only for guaranteeing food security for the country’s growing population but also for furthering trade in Indian raw materials on markets around the world.
In this connection, special value is attached to long-term strategic partnerships such as that offered by the agricultural machinery multinational John Deere, an event sponsor of the review, represented at the assembly by the company’s director for India, Satish Nadiger, and those extended by many Italian manufacturers in FederUnacoma developing activities in India. Speaking for the federation, President Massimo Goldoni drew attention to what India represents, along with all areas of the work in rapid development: the fundamental challenge of sustainability. He affirmed that agricultural mechanization is a decisive factor for increasing the productivity of the land but also for the rational use of natural resources such as the organic components of land and water which are now ever more precious.