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WAF to hold Biennial Meet in Hyderabad

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Bhubaneswar: The World Agricultural Forum, the 15 years old work body will be having its biennial meet at Hyderabad, Andhra Pradesh in November, 2013 where global leaders, administrators, farmers, organizations, eminent academicians, CEOs of industries, functionaries of Development Organizations, NGOs will meet in one platform to share their experiences and to learn their efforts to fine the critical problems of agricultural farmers.

For this, the Steering Committee meet at Hyderabad in the state of Andhra Pradesh in which James B. Bolger, Chairman, WAF Advisory Board & Former Prime Minister of New Zealand, Dr. Kenneth Baker, Chairman, WAF, Shri N. Kiran Kumar Reddy, Chief Minister,
Andhra Pradesh, Shri Debi Prasad Mishra, Minister, Agriculture, Fisheries and Animal Resources Development, Odisha, Sri Kanna Laksminarayana, Minister of Agriculture & ATM, Andhra Pradesh and Shri TRamkrishna Chamaria Babaji, Minister of Agriculture, Mahdya Pradesh and several others State Agriculture Ministers from neighboring states and Secretaries of Agriculture from all India States attended.

The Agriculture Ministers and delegated shared their thoughts and opinions on the subjects of protecting and sustaining the interest of Indian farmers in a globalised world where foreign trade is playing a crucial role in determining the sustainability of farming systems. Discussion on farm input inflation vis-à-vis food inflation while drafting exim policies and also exchange of opinion in best practices among the states.

Sri Mishra, Minister of Agriculture, fisheries & Animal Resources Development, Odisha highlighted the good initiatives taken in Odisha and welcomed the global meet, opined that the forum besides interacting the discussion on agricultural issues and research innovation, issues on challenges relating to protection of the interest of small and marginal farmers as the Indian States are having large chunk of small farmers. He also opined that WTO regime, the benefits of world trade and growth should be shared not by a small elite high income group but by the small rural farmers.

The ex-Prime Minister of New Zealand James B. Bolger and Chairman, WAF Dr. Kenneth Baker discussed about the vision of WAF to act as a catalyst to advance solution to the critical needs of the farmers and the efforts of WAF to deliberate on the growing need of fuel, food and fibre in environment friendly manner in different agricultural climatic zones of the globe.

The broad theme of the Mega Event of World Agricultural Forum will be held at Hyderabad in November, 2013 which will be attended by the high profile delegates and Government leaders of 110 countries. The meeting was held at Jubilee Hall of Hyderabad which was presided by Prof. A. Janaiah.

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