NGOs & CSR
Farmer Producer Organizations are sowing seeds of sustainable success
Agriculture has always been a lifeline of the Indian economy, providing livelihood to millions of farmers, and FPOs have the potential to give farmers better bargaining power and create a more transparent agri-market. With this in mind, the inaugural edition of Samunnati and The Economic Times Farmer Producer Organisations Summit & Awards brought India’s agrarian heroes to the fore at a day-long event held in New Delhi on 18th October 2019. This unique initiative saw experts from government and industry bodies delve into the many policy changes and innovations needed to attain sustainability and reap optimal benefits for farmer shareholders, in addition to analyzing existing industry FPO models, and providing financial solutions to farmers and arbitrators. Some of the eminent speakers to grace the stage included Dr. Ashok Dalwai, Chairperson & CEO, Committee for Doubling Farmer’s Income & National Rainfed Area Authority; Neelkamal Darbari, IAS, MD, Small Farmers’ Agribusiness Consortium (SFAC); and Anil Kumar S.G., Founder and CEO, Samunnati. The summit witnessed the attendance of 250+ delegates from across the industry and government ecosystem. Together, they scripted the success formula to take Indian agriculture and its farmers on to a sustainable growth path. This unique initiative provided a platform for FPOs and key stakeholders to celebrate the community’s successes in a gala awards ceremony that rewarded the performance of the strongest FPOs and its enablers from across the country. This confluence of agrarian heroes from across the nation saw their efforts lauded, with the below brands taking top honours as decided by an eminent jury: Best FPO Leader - North Region - Samridhi Mahila Crop Producer Company Best Governance Mechanism - North Region - Sakhi Mahila Milk Producer Company Best Impact - North Region - Navjyoti Kishan Producer Company Best Performance - North Region - Vikash Path Farmer Producer Company Best FPO Leader - South Region - Holur Horticulture Farmers Producer Company Best Governance Mechanism - South Region - Shanthi Sagara Horticulture Farmers Producer Company Best Impact - South Region - Ramanar Millets Farmers Producer Company Best Performance - South Region - Kamareddy Progressive Farmers Producer Company Best FPO Leader - West Region - Neshkala Crop Producer Company Best Governance Mechanism - West Region - Vikas Agro Producer Company Best Impact - West Region - Maikal Women Poultry Producer Company Best Performance - West Region - Avantika Aatm Nirbher Krashak Producer Company Best FPO Leader - East Region - Bhangar Vegetable Producer Company Best Governance Mechanism - East Region - Nabajagaran Global Farmer Producer Company Best Impact - East Region - Harit Kranti Aadiwasi Sahkari Samiti Maryadit Bagicha Best Performance - East Region - Damodar Agro Producer Company Best FPO Friendly Private Sector Company - ADM Agro Industries India Best FPO Friendly Private Sector Company - National Commodity and Derivatives Exchange Best NGO and Research Institute Supporting FPOs - Vrutti Livelihood Partners Best NGO and Research Institute Supporting FPOs - Indian Grameen Services Contributing to Outstanding Farmers’ Skill Development Recognizes Social Education Economical Development Society Contributing to Outstanding Farmers’ Skill Development Recognizes Krushak Mitra Agro Services Best Agritech Start-up – Dehaat Jury Special Award - Lamaten Tingmoo Organic Grower's Cooperative Society Special Award for Outstanding Contribution in Agri Value Chain (International) - Olam Agro India Deepak Lamba, President, Times Strategic Solutions, offered his perspective on this first-time initiative, stating, “The Government has set a target of doubling of farmers' income by the year 2022, and farmers aggregations are an effective way of ensuring equitable, sustainable growth of livelihoods. Through Samunnati and The Economic Times FPO Summit and Awards, the stakeholders of the ecosystem have come together to ensure that Indian agriculture prospers, with its benefits reaped by all.” During the last couple of years, there has been a growing interest in promoting an enabling environment for FPOs so that they emerge as successful business enterprises in their own right. The success of farmer organizations is critical for ensuring the success of smallholder and marginal farmers in India, and FPOs will continue to blossom as an aggregator of aspirations for millions of farmers across the country. This first-of-its-kind Summit and Awards sought to recognize enabling entities laying the foundations of future growth, and in the process create a gold standard of excellence that all can aspire to emulate.
Oct 21, 2019 - ET Edge
FPOs can help India's farmers reap the benefits of collectivisation
Agriculture has always been a lifeline of the Indian economy, providing livelihood to millions of farmers; However high production costs, and low access to credit, as well as poor market linkages hinder the sector’s growth. This adversely impacts India’s ranks of small and marginal farmers, which comprises around 85% of the sector. Aggregation and consolidation provide a means for these farmers to unite and reap the benefits of economies of scale, making this a critical means to create new growth paradigms. Farmer Producer Organisations (FPOs) are one such farmers’ aggregate, an organizational mechanism mobilizing farmers’ collective that seeks to improve their own economic and social situation and that of their communities. Although still nascent, they have come a long way in the past several years and are fast becoming a critical component of the agricultural value chain in India. FPOs have the potential to give farmers better bargaining power and create a more transparent agri-market, and they need to be nurtured to their full potential. The inaugural edition of Samunnati and The Economic Times Farmer Producer Organisations Summit & Awards brings India’s often unseen champions to the fore – its farmers. To be held in New Delhi on 18th October 2019, the Summit focuses on the many ways in which our agrarian heroes can be empowered to succeed. Rewarding those that outperformed This unique initiative provides a platform for FPOs and key stakeholders to come together and understand how to jointly build a robust FPO ecosystem, boost Indian agriculture and create the next wave of growth. Equally critically, it will also celebrate the community’s successes in a gala awards ceremony that rewards the performance of the strongest FPOs and its enablers from across the country. The award categories include Best FPO from each region Best CEO from each region Best governance mechanism from each region Best impact from each region Best performance from each region Best FPO Friendly Private Sector companies Best NGOs & Institute Supporting FPOs Outstanding Contribution to Farmers Skill Development Best Agritech Startup Overseeing the awards process are an eminent roster of jury members, including N. Srinivasan, Independent Director, Samunnati; Anish Kumar, MD, Transforming Rural India Foundation; C.S. Reddy, CEO, APMAS; Emmanuel Murray, Senior Advisor, Caspian Impact Investment Adviser Private Limited; Jaideep Singh, MD & COO, Rabobank International Mumbai; N.V. Ramana, Independent Consultant; and S.S. Bhat, Professional Banker and MD, Ananya Finance for Inclusive Growth. An industry convergence The event will see experts from government and industry bodies delve into the many policy changes and innovations needed to attain sustainability and reap optimal benefits for farmer shareholders, in addition to analyzing existing industry FPO models, and providing financial solutions to farmers and arbitrators. These interactive deliberations will highlight solutions to some of the practical problems on contemporary topics, making this a must-attend event. The summit will witness the attendance of 250+ delegates comprising MDs & CEOs of FPOs, NGO, Procurement heads from leading and emerging facilities Industry Associations, Government representatives, Policy makers, Agro-tech companies & companies associated with FPOs across India. Together, they will script the success formula to take Indian agriculture and its farmers on to a sustainable growth path. During the last couple of years, there has been a growing interest in promoting an enabling environment for FPOs so that they emerge as successful business enterprises in their own right. The success of farmer organizations is critical for ensuring the success of smallholder and marginal farmers in India, and FPOs will continue to blossom as an aggregator of aspirations for millions of farmers across the country. This first-of-its-kind Summit and Awards seeks to recognize enabling entities laying the foundations of future growth and bring together those that will help realize this vision for a better tomorrow. To know more, visit www.fpoawards.com
Oct 16, 2019 - ET Edge
Capturing the Right Data-Biggest Concern in Industry 4.0
His calm demeanour masks his ultra-speed and superb style of working. In his career span of over 35 years, he has played an instrumental role in transforming the IT landscape of his organization. As a strategic thinker of his business, he is always ahead of curve in driving IT innovation in his organizations. In a tete-a-tete with ET Edge, Uppal reveals some of the crucial steps for embarking on Industry 4.0 journey. Lifecycle of Technology There’s a lifecycle of technology, from a hype to getting into the stability circle, all these technologies are at different stages of maturity. Manufacturing, especially automotive, is always the first adopter of any technology. Whether its AI, blockchain, the kind of value and benefit it is creating for the industry is phenomenal. We are looking forward to all these technologies to make sure they become part of our business on an ongoing basis. That’s the stage of technology and all these technologies will have different stages of maturity, somewhere it would be pilot, somewhere pilots would be done. In different areas, different technologies are getting implemented. Talk about Analytics, it is a big journey where various data points are doing it from reporting to predictive, we are moving past the POC stage and we see good value in some of the areas of manufacturing whether it’s prediction, whether it’s forecasting, marketing, we are seeing adoption from the POC stage now. In RPA (Robotic Process Automation), we have gone through the pilots and trials. Now, business projects are being done to ensure we create efficiency in our business. We are reaching that stage of the business. The manufacturing side of IOT has always been very high on IT-OT connectivity, but now going forward, I think there’s a lot of work required in getting right data from all machines possible, going predictive on that. We need to get alerts for any exception, happening on quality. I think this is also the stage where we are getting matured. I think we are fairly adopting on many of these technologies. Kick-starting the Industry 4.0 Journey We are moving past the POC stage and can see some real value in digitalization of manufacturing, whether it’s predictive maintenance, RPA, we are reaching efficiency in businesses through them. We are fairly adopting many of these technologies. One of the major concerns of industry 4.0 would be --capturing the right data. We need to get machines to handle that and our legacy machines are not capable of doing so. Doing that requires a lot of investment, beyond investment we also run the risk of disrupting the current business, so it becomes quite challenging to streamline certain digitalization projects. Competing with Global Peers in Industry 4.0 Era Yes, absolutely! We are competing with our global peers. Our plant in Gujarat, which has come up recently, I think this is the best possible in the industry today. My feeling is there cannot be apples to oranges comparisons, certain use cases relevant for Germany would be different from that of India. Innovations and technology are ongoing process, regularly organisation process innovation requirement and it varies from culture to culture, country to country. The kind of connectivity we have with the IT system, the kind of data we are extracting, this is best of the class result. One of the major challenges is capturing data, you need to handle the right data properly. There are legacy machines which are not capable of extracting value out of data. For updating those machines, a lot of investments is required, a lot of disruptions take place in the current businesses. The concern also remains of IOT, aligning new projects with latest connectivity. Fear of Job losses I think in any new technology, the structure of job changes, job does not go away, but the structure of job goes away. Yes, any change impacts the routine job and in order to run that process you need a different kind of jobs. So, we are creating that data analytics skill, robotic skills, these are job changes that we will witness in the future. So, to align ourselves with the changing times, here we have created one part to support existing business and to sustain this business and another set of people is getting reskilled or we are sourcing from outside, to support the new architecture. I think a lot of universities today are coming up and finetuning their study material as per Industry 4.0 requirements and that is a welcome step. In our organization, we focus on innovation and we have a team dedicatedly working on innovations.
Humanoid Robot Nao Wows Audience at NASSCOM COE
Humanoid Robot Nao Wows Audience at NASSCOM COE-The Economic Times Industry 4.0 Summit New Delhi, Aug 7th, 2019: Humanoid robot, disruptive and transformative power of technology in manufacturing, next-gen technology for industry 4.0, bridging India’s tech skill gap, ruled the maiden edition of NASSCOM COE-The Economic Times Industry 4.0 Summit. The summit, with the theme ‘Digitalization of Manufacturing’, was the first-of-its-kind in India, where about 200 tech experts (CIOs/CDOs/CISOs) came together to share their thoughts around industry 4.0. NASSCOM COE-The Economic Times Industry 4.0 Summit was organized in three cities (New Delhi-14th June, Chennai-19th June & Pune-21st June) in India. In his keynote address, Jayen Desai, Director & Lead – Digital Transformation, Industry 4.0, NASSCOM COE-COE IOT/AI, said: “This is the right time for the Indian industry and eco-system players to drive making the technology and systems, which are an integral part of industry 4.0. The stress should be on cost point and ease of deployment for wide-scale usage to take advantage of global attention right now on India and making it as an alternative manufacturing location.” Humanoid Robot Nao was another attraction at the event. Nao, showcased by Vijay Sethi, CIO, Hero MotoCorp, was a sneak peek into the future of industry 4.0, where humanoid robots would be playing a crucial role in manufacturing. According to research by ReportsnReports, the humanoid robot market is likely to touch $3.9 billion by 2023 from $320.3 million this year, growing at a CAGR of 52%. During his session— ‘Cobots in Auto Manufacturing’- Sethi mentioned: “Digital age is upon us, which is transforming the entire economy, and consumer behavior. Enterprises must move beyond traditional IT, organizational structures and policies and align themselves with the digital age.” Manufacturing has always been the first adopters of the latest technologies, whether it’s Artificial Intelligence, Blockchain, RPA. Some of the leading organizations today are deploying these technologies in their ongoing businesses and these technologies are at different stages of maturity. Stressing on the fact that technology is integral to efficiency and sustainability of businesses, Sangita Reddy, Joint Managing Director, Apollo Hospitals and Senior VP FICCI, said, “Particularly in manufacturing, advancements such as smart production lines, agile customer communication, and cutting-edge remote service capabilities will help organizations to save time, cut costs and be much more accountable to stakeholders than ever before.” During her special address, she said that it is vital for manufacturers to embrace the change so that contemporary technologies can usher into manufacturing and they make their business models sustainable and address the needs of discerning consumers.
The Times of India DX delves into the intricate details of design
How do you foresee the global design milieu evolving, and India’s role in it? India’s design culture is a unique one. What the Western world refers to as a collective of art, craft, architecture, and design, is evocatively referred to by a singular term in the Indian context: kala. Just as a new-age India seeks to leave its stamp on the global map, so too is modern Indian design ascending to greatness in the global cultural milieu while staying true to its roots. As a new design confidence blossoms, it heralds a fresh summer for Indian design, bringing with it the next generation of designers that go beyond mimicking the west. They are intent on finding their own place in the sun, with their own identity, that is yet part of a greater, global community. Why, in your opinion, should we treat design as a multi-sensory experience? In some ways, India’s design ethos represents a culmination of five senses - an intertwining of touch, taste, sight, sound and smell that delves into the many hues and dimensions of contemporary India. The five senses hold great potency to leave a lasting impression, and it is rare that a singular sensory engagement draws our attention. It is the complete experience that draws us in and defines our understanding of it. From infancy, it is part of the human condition to make sense of the world we live in, and our senses play a big part in this journey of discovery. More pertinently, the mind is conditioned to treat each experience as multi-sensory; our sensory organs are connected as one, mingling and creating a unified experience for a mind seeking knowledge. As a more dynamic, human-centric design becomes the norm, it becomes possible to create design narratives that help us experience the world in entirely new ways, redefining our consciousness as we know it. Tell us a bit about the inspiration behind the Times of India DX, and its underlying philosophy. Design is the common thread running through the many tapestries of life, fueling an elevated aesthetic consciousness. The time is ripe to demystify design and shed opaqueness, and this is the thought behind DX F.A.C.A.D.E., a unique Festival of Arts, Crafts, Architecture, and Design Etymologies. Through this, we will cover the broad spectrum of Indian design through an array of exhibits, experiential zones, and immersive workshops, sparking conversations among connoisseurs and commoners alike. It is design in its many forms that will take centerstage as we delve ever deeper, going beyond traditional confines and constructs to explore the many facets of design, and what it means for seasoned design professionals and lay people alike. With its broad based style that weaves through multiple disciplines, this is a celebration of quintessentially Indian design and provides much food for thought with myriad renowned speakers gracing the occasion, such as André Lago, Brazilian Ambassador and Architectural Critic; Dr. Tasneem Zakaria Mehta, Director, Dr. Bhau Daji Lad Museum; and Ashish Ganju, among many others. What are some pristine examples of art, craft, design and architecture overlapping? To my mind, a prime example of a building where art, craft, design and architecture overlap with one another and where forms are inspired by nature is the Basilica of Sagrada Familia in Barcelona, designed by Antonio Gaudi. In India, on a domestic scale, I would cite the example of the Summer Palace of Tipu Sultan in Karnataka where art, craft, design and architecture meld together in the most exquisite fashion, in the most exquisite colour palate and where stone and wood are juxtaposed to create striking beauty. Do you see design being intrinsically woven into our everyday lives? Indeed. Design runs right through art, craft, and architecture and it is everywhere, in made and unmade objects, whether natural or hewn by the human hand. Craft is the instrument that allows this vision to be completed. Art is also an intellectual pursuit and concepts fall under art, and Architecture is the umbrella under which these elements are fitted in. They are all expressions of human creativity, pleasing to all our senses that evoke emotions in us for their beauty, intricate and varied design, splendor, and fine workmanship. It is thus only fitting that we bring it together in a multi-sensory celebration of Indian culture and heritage where the design fraternity will look to tap into India’s rich cultural past and create an ever more compelling future for design in its many forms.
Sep 3, 2019 - ET Edge
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