Overview

India’s agriculture sector is the backbone of the economy as it is the source of livelihood for 58% of the population. The sector played a key role in supporting economic growth during the Covid-19 period.

The agriculture sector grew by 3.4% in FY20-21, the indicators were the rise in rural consumption and all-time high tractor sales.

However, the agriculture sector poses its own unique challenges such as dependency upon good monsoons, small and fragmented farm holdings, lack of mechanisation and scarcity of capital.

The Indian agriculture sector needs dedicated reforms, policies and technology intervention to boost productivity and efficiency. At the same time, corporates, microfinancing firms and agri-tech start-ups also need to work in close tandem on solving the on-ground problems of farmers.

While the tractors are the centre of farm mechanisation, innovative models to procure heavy machinery and the use of new-age technologies will become crucial in transforming the agriculture sector.

With an aim to discuss the challenges faced and new opportunities in the agriculture sector, the first edition of FE AgriTech Summit curated by Express Mobility will focus primarily on farm mechanisation, product design and development for emerging markets and how India can remain the global leader in tractor manufacturing.

Recorded Sessions

Topics of Discussion

India Farm Sector in Post Pandemic World

Role of Farm Mechanisation & Digitisation For Green & Sustainable Growth

Agri-tech startups: Boon For Indian Agriculture

Making India Global Export Hub For Tractors

Product Design & Development In Line With New Technologies

Impact Custom Hiring Services In Farm Productivity & Efficiency

Speakers

Hemant Sikka

President - Farm Equipment Sector
Mahindra & Mahindra and Tractor Mechanisation Association

Dr Ashok Gulati

Infosys Chair Professor for Agriculture
Indian Council for Research on International Economic Relations (ICRIER)

TR Kesavan

Chairman
FICCI National Agriculture Committee & Group President
TAFE

Raunak Varma

Managing Director
and Country Head
CNH Industrial India and SAARC

Antony Cherukara

CEO
VST Tillers Tractors

Gaurav Saxena

Director & CEO - International Business
Sonalika Tractors

Bhartendu Kapoor

President Sales & Marketing
TAFE

Rohit Saboo

President & CEO
National Engineering Industries Ltd

Rohtash Mal

Chairman & MD
EM3 AgriServices

Shamsher Dewan

Vice President & Group Head
ICRA

Arun Malhotra

Industry Veteran and
Former MD
Nissan India

Seema Gupta

Owner
Rajasthan Tractor Machinery

Pradeep Ranjan

Senior Principal Scientist
Center of Excellence for Farm Machinery

Deepanshu Taumar

Vertical Lead - Mobility
The Financial Express Digital

Agenda

11:00 AM - 11:05 AM

Welcome Address by Deepanshu Taumar, Vertical Lead - Mobility, FE Digital

11:05 AM - 11:15 AM

Keynote Address by Hemant Sikka, President - Farm Equipment Sector, Mahindra & Mahindra and Tractor Mechanisation Association (TMA)

11:15 AM - 11:35 AM

Special Address by India Farm Sector in Post Pandemic World By Dr Ashok Gulati, Infosys Chair Professor for Agriculture, Indian Council for Research on International Economic Relations (ICRIER)

11:35 AM - 11:55 AM

Analyst Perspective on Tractor Segment: Key Trends & Challenges by Shamsher Dewan, Vice President & Group Head, ICRA

11:55 AM - 12:55 PM

Panel Discussion Role of Farm Mechanisation & Digitisation For Green & Sustainable Growth

  • TR Kesavan, Chairman, FICCI National Agriculture Committee & Group President, TAFE
  • Antony Cherukara, CEO, VST Tillers Tractors
  • Pradeep Ranjan, Senior Principal Scientist, Center of Excellence for Farm Machinery
  • Seema Gupta, Owner, Rajasthan Tractor Machinery
  • Arun Malhotra, Auto Industry Expert and Former MD Nissan India (Moderator)
12:55 PM - 01:10 PM

Presentation on Agri-tech startups: Boon For Indian Agriculture By Rohtash Mal, Chairman & MD at EM3 AgriServices

01:10 PM - 02:10 PM

Panel Discussion on Making India Global Export Hub For Tractors

  • Gaurav Saxena, Director and CEO - International Business, Sonalika Tractors
  • Bhartendu Kapoor, President Sales & Marketing, TAFE
  • Rohit Saboo, President & CEO at National Engineering Industries Ltd.
  • Raunak Varma, Managing Director and Country Head, CNH Industrial India and SAARC
  • Deepanshu Taumar, Vertical Lead - Mobility, FE Digital (Moderator)
02:10 PM - 02:20 PM

Vote of thanks - Roshun Povaiah, Editor, FE Digital

Who should Attend

  • Farm Equipment Manufacturers
  • Government Officials
  • R&D Professionals
  • Dealers
  • Agri-Tech Start-ups
  • Financiers

Contact Us

Partnership & Alliance

Raymond Pinto
raymond.pinto@financialexpress.com
+91 98218 98184
Surendra Agrawal
surendra.agrawal@indianexpress.com
+91 9998026963

For Speaking Opportunity

Ankit Yadav
ankit.yadav@financialexpress.com
+91 9953882197