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8   AgriTech indiA  June 2018                                                                                                        News



                                                                                 (Viscon Group), Marieke de
                                                                                 Ruyter de Wildt (The Fork)   How long can
                                                                                 and Hajo Beijma (Singularity
                                                                                 University)             IndIa sustaIn ad
                                                  Global Meeting                 do medicinal crops such   Hoc agrI-trade
                                                                                    The Next Crops: How
                                                  Place... Larger                as cannabis influence the
                                                                                 horticulture sector? What are
                                                  than Ever...                   the risks and opportunities of   polIcIes? stabIlIty Is
                                                                                 growing medicinal crops?
                                                                                    Featured speakers - Chris   essentIal
                                                                                 Walsh (Marijuana Business
                                                                                 Daily), Mads Pederson (Alfred   – Sanjay Kaul
                                                                                 Pederson & Son/Aurora
                                                                                 Nordic Cannabis) and Peter
                                                                                 Verhagen (TNO)
                                                                                    The Next Growing
                                                                                 Solutions: Light, water, energy
                                                                                 and nutrients are the basic
                                                                                 ingredients for production.
                                                                                 How are these elements
                                                                                 influenced by innovations
                                                                                 in greenhouse construction,
                                                                                 materials and data analysis?
                                                                                    Featured speakers -
                                                                                 Steven Newell (Windset        gri-exports constitute   On the other hand,
                                                                                 Farms), Vincent Kickert       a significant share of   policies with a pro-consumer
                                                                                 (Van der Hoeven), Andreas  AIndia exports with   bias implicitly tax producers
                                                                                 Hofland (Hortikey), Vincent   foreign exchange earnings at   by placing export restrictions
                                                                                 Deenen (Grodan) and Edward   $30 billion annually. There   on different commodities.
                                                                                 Verbakel (VB Group)     is potential to double this   India’s restrictive trade
              he GreenTech       Medicinal Crops Pavilion   10-years’ time.                              revenue in the next five years.   policies have prevented
              Amsterdam exhibition   (hosting technologies for   The moderator of the                    At the same time, there are
          T(The Netherlands) is   medical cannabis production,   Summit will be stand-up   The day will be concluded   opportunities to contain the   exporters from taking
                                                                                                                                 advantage of available export
          the global meeting place for   among others).   comedian Greg Shapiro, and   by Christian Kromme who   cost of agri-imports where   opportunities. These policy
                                                                                 will share his insights during
          all horticulture technology   Another new segment   the speakers include Stijn   his presentation entitled ‘The   India has a chronic deficit. A   biases have resulted in ad hoc,
          professionals and focuses   this year will be The Organic   Baan (Koppert Cress), Martin       major obstacle to widening
          on the early stages of the   Farmers Fair (TOFF), which   Koppert (Koppert Biological   next big wave of change in   our trade volumes has been   reactive policy making and
          horticultural chain and   will focus on expertise and   Systems), Mike Vermeij (BOM   (Green) Technology’.  the uncertain and frequent   frequent flip flops leading to
                                                                                    Steven Newell (member
          contemporary issues relevant   innovation in the field of   Group), Charlotte Langerak   of the GreenTech Summit   oscillations in country’s   adverse consequences in the
          to growers. The exhibition   organic farming over three   - Visser (Viscon Group),   Committee and CEO of   agri-trade policy between   medium to long run.
          will open its doors for the   days. Together with IFOAM,   Medicinal Cannabis Specialist       restrictions and bans on one   Pulses, which has recently
          third time from 12  to 14    FiBL and their five partners   Chris Walsh and Christian   Windset Farms): “It is a   side and unfettered free trade   seen a lot of action on the
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          June 2018, which is organized   Bejo, DCM, Steketee, Koppert   Kromme, Futurist and Author   pleasure for me to have the   on the other. Such oscillations   trade front clearly illustrates
          by RAI Amsterdam at RAI   Biological Systems and   of Humanification - Go   opportunity to contribute   have bred uncertainty and   the inconsistent trade policy
                                                                                 as a grower in this year’s
          Amsterdam Convention   Delphy, plus Wageningen   Digital, Stay Human’.  inspiring GreenTech Summit.   dented India’s image as a   making. India signed a long-
          Centre.                University and Research                                                 reliable trade partner in the   term MoU with Mozambique
            The event is 20% larger   as a supporting partner,   The Summit’s programme   The Summit provides   international market.  for pulses import in July
          than its predecessor in 2016.   GreenTech will arrange   The morning features   international operating   The instruments used   2016 when prices were on
          These impressive figures   a high-level knowledge   sessions with:     growers and investors   for effecting changes include   the rise. Barely a year later,
                                                                                 thought provoking ideas
          demonstrate that GreenTech   programme that will discuss   v   Dick Veerman   and concepts surrounding   import duties, minimum   India imposed Quantitative
          Amsterdam is now firmly on   in detail the key issues of   (Foodlog): The competitive edge     export prices, imposition/  Restrictions on import of
          the map as the platform for   the day. TOFF will be the   of our horticultural system.  modern horticulture with an   lifting of export bans, etc. This   pulses which inflicted huge
          the international horticulture   international meeting place of   v   Ernst van den   eye to the future and of what   has led to instability in the   losses on small holders who
          sector. This year’s visitors   choice for organic growers as   Ende (WUR): The secrets of   lies ahead for the industry.   investment policy framework   cultivated pulses solely for
                                                                                 I recommend attending
          will have the opportunity to   well as conventional farmers   horticulture in 2028.  the breakout sessions ‘Next   in the agro-processing   meeting Indian demand.
          meet at least 450 exhibitors   who are considering a switch   v   Mike Vermeij                 industry, misaligned Indian   More recently, the import
          including many global market   to organic.     (BOM Group): Joint greenhouse   Crops’ and ‘Next Growing   prices from international   duty on Chana was hiked
          leaders and innovators in   Furthermore there will   projects to meet the challenges of   Solutions’ as I’m sure there   prices and led to cropping   from 30 per cent to 40 per
          the field of horticulture   be a unique opportunity to   tomorrow.     will interesting discussion   distortions. Such ad hoc-  cent & from 40 per cent to
                                                                                 and a lot to take away. Useful
          technology.            visit the FlowerTrials as more   v   Louis de Bruin   insights will be revealed to   ism, which is the antithesis   60 per cent in a span of less
            A wide variety of    than 60 top international   (IBM): FoodTrust: How Block                 of creation of a competitive   than a month. However, this
          greenhouse builders,   breeding companies open   chain technology transforms our   keep your business model   environment, is unsustainable   along with lifting the decade
          horticultural suppliers,   their greenhouses to showcase   Value Chain.  future proof in horticulture.   and has caused a heavy   long export ban and export
          machine companies, soil &   the newest varieties of pot and   v   Stijn Baan (Koppert   If you want to know what’s   burden on the country.  incentive failed to revive the
                                                                                 trending and want to stay
          substrate producers, lighting   bedding plants.     Cress) & Martin Koppert   ahead, the Summit is a must   Distorted Minimum   pulses export due to the long
          partners and seed suppliers                    (Koppert Biological Systems):                   Support Prices (MSPs)   period of the ban which has
          will be in attendance.  Conference on future of   The Next Leadership.  attend event. I look forward to   that are much higher than   led to loss of overseas market
                                 horticulture                                    seeing you there.”      international prices further   for India.
          Attractions               The GreenTech Summit    During the afternoon,                        played their role in price   And, despite all the
                                                                                                         divergence, which has inter
            GreenTech 2018 will   will take place a day before   participants can attend two   Partners                          measures, prices of various
          feature a wide-ranging   the exhibition, on 11    breakout sessions. There are   GreenTech Summit’s   alia stripped the country off   pulses continue to rule well
                                                th
                                                                                                         its export competitiveness in
          knowledge programme    June 2018, preceding the   three subjects to choose from:  partners helping to make the   a host of agri-commodities.   below MSP!
          with more than 80 sessions   exhibition at RAI Amsterdam   The Next Leadership:   event a reality are Ridder,   Recently, US has alleged that   Similarly, in the case of
          in three theatres (Food &   Convention Centre. It will   Who are the new leaders   Priva, Modiform, Koppert   India’s MSP for wheat and   sugar, 20 per cent import
                                                                                 Biological Systems, Alumat/
          Flower Crops; Climate,   bring together about 750   in horticulture and how   Zeeman, Van der Hoeven   rice far exceeded its allowable   duty slapped in June 2016
          Water & Energy; and    investors, breeders and   do they cooperate? How                        levels of trade distorting   to check rising prices was
          Trends & Innovation). It   farmers within a unique   can technology support   Horticultural Projects, Desch   domestic support as per WTO   scrapped less than a year later
          will also expand the Vertical   networking setting. Under   us in tackling production   Plantpak, Svensson and Royal   norms (which require the   in March 2018, a minimum
          Farming Pavilion with the   the motto ‘The future of   optimization, knowledge   Brinkman.     trade distorting support to   indicative export quota of 2
          new Precision Horticulture   horticulture – insights for the   exchange, and succession and   For more details, visit:   be capped at 10 per cent of   million tonnes was mandated
          Pavilion (focused on   next decade’, visionaries and   food security challenges?               total output). Though India   and further the cane farmers
          sensors, cameras, robotics   experts will share their visions   Featured speakers -   www.greentech.nl  has refuted the claim, the role   were subsidised to help mills
          and digitisation) and the   of the horticulture sector in   Charlotte Langerak - Visser        of MSPs in distorting Indian   clear arrears. Despite all these
                                                                                                         prices vis-à-vis global prices,   measures, Indian sugar prices
                                                                                                         can be no longer ignored.  are reeling under pressure
                                                                                                            For example, Russia,   and yet India has not been
                                                                                                         a major wheat exporter is   able to export as global prices
                                                                                                         offering wheat at a FOB (Free-  are lower. International sugar
                                                                                                         On-Board) price of      futures are trading at around
                                                                                                         Rs. 1,350/qtl, while Indian   Rs. 2,120/qtl against the
                                                                                                         wheat prices are hovering   Indian prices of around
                                                                                                         near the support price of   Rs. 2,670/qtl. The import duty
                                                                                                         Rs. 1,735/qtl. Similarly,   on wheat has also been subject
                                                                                                         despite a pile up of stocks of a   to frequent policy changes.
                                                                                                         pulse like tur, India is unable   A predictive and stable
                                                                                                         to export because of disparity.   policy regime is the need of
                                                                                                         Myanmar is offering Tur at a
                                                                                                         FOB price Rs. 2,500/qtl, while   the hour. The government
                                                                                                         Indian Tur prices are ruling   needs to phase out biases
                                                                                                         Rs. 3,800/qtl with MSP fixed   from its agri-trade policy
                                                                                                         much higher at Rs. 5,450/qtl.  making and acknowledge
                                                                                                            India’s WTO bound    the fact that global prices will
                                                                                                         tariff levels are much higher   eventually be transmitted
                                                                                                         than the applied rates for   into the domestic boundaries!
                                                                                                         many agricultural products,   Trade restrictions may defer
                                                                                                         like wheat, edible oils and   the process, but domestic and
                                                                                                         sugar, implicitly taxing the   global price will converge in
                                                                                                         consumers in the process who   the long run, and India has to
                                                                                                         need never be subsidised.   be ready to face this challenge.
                                                                                                         Due to India’s protectionist
                                                                                                         policy stance on different     The writer is MD & CEO,
                                                                                                         occasions, developed nations   National Collateral Management
                                                                                                         have often delayed Free Trade   Services Limited (NCML). Views are
                                                                                                         Agreement (FTA) negotiations             personal.
                                                                                                         with it.                      Source: The Hindu BusinessLine
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