HYDERABAD: As per the invitation of the Chief Minister Mr
N Kiran Kumar Reddy and the unstinted efforts of the State Government
officials, the World Congress Forum has decided to host a mega global event,
i.e. World Agriculture Congress (WAS)-2013 at Hyderabad in November 2013. This
was in response to a proposal from the Chairman of World Agricultural Forum's
Board, James. B. Bolger, former Prime Minister of New Zealand, who himself was
In connection with the WAC-2013, Dr. Kenneth M.Baker,
Chairman of WAF and Ms. Evie, WAF's Board Member who are currently visiting
Hyderabad (23rd to 26th April 2012) for detailed discussions with Principal
Secretary, Agriculture and other officials and stakeholders regarding selection
of theme, dates, venue and other issues had a meeting with the Chief Minister
and other officials at Secretariat.
The broad theme for the WAC-2013 is likely to be
'Reshaping Agriculture for the benefit of small and marginal farmers'. About
500 to 600 high-profile delegates including government leaders, administrators,
eminent academicians, CEOs of industry, farmers, functionaries of development
organisation etc., are expected to attend WAC from all parts of the world.
It is for the first time that WAC is going to held in
India at Hyderabad under the leadership of the Chief Minister Mr.N. Kiran Kumar
Reddy. The primary objective of the World Agriculture Congress-2013 is to
discuss with all key stakeholders such as farmers' organisations, industry,
government key leaders, scientists etc. on 'how to reshape and reposition small
farm-holder agriculture in order to make farming economically viable and
improve farmers' income' in the era of WTO regime. The WAC-2013 is also
expected to provide a policy direction to the developing countries on how to
reshape agricultural policy in order to make farming viable and attractive
profession, based o sharing of inter-country experiences
The Chief Minister told the WAF Chairman “I thank you for
selecting Hyderabad as the venue for the World Agricultural Congress
(WAC-2013). Our Government will fully support the Congress. We are ready to
host as many delegates as required. You have selected the best and most
suitable place in India. Andhra Pradesh continues to be a leading agricultural
State in the country. Even now 65 to 70% of our people depend on agriculture
and allied sectors. Our fish and egg production is the highest in the country.
We have a record food production. We provide maximum incentives to the farmers
like free power, interest free crop loans up to Rs.1 lakh, crop insurance,
input subsidy etc. We take care of farmers problems. Hence Andhra Pradesh could
be a role model in helping farmers in the world”.
The Chief Minister asked the State officials to make out a
detailed paper on all these and send to the World Agricultural Forum for
advance preparations. Minister for Agriculture, Kanna Lakshminarayana, Minister
for Cooperation, Kasu Krishna Reddy, Chief Secretary Pankaj Dwivedi, Principal
Secretaries (Agriculrure), V Nagi Reddy and I Y R Krishna Rao, Commissioner,
Agriculture, Usha Rani, Additional Secretary to CM, Sreedhar and other
officials attended the meeting.
The Chief Minister said that Prime Minister or President
of India could be invited to inaugurate the conference and said he would write
a letter to them in this regard and the WAF also should address a letter to
them. Government of India and particularly the Union Ministry of Agriculture
would also be involved in the WAC.
It is also expected that 2013 WAC will bring agriculture
and farmers' issues especially of small farm-holder into main focal point once
again to alert the governments to take right measures for making farming viable
through reshaping agriculture. The Chief Minister has directed Mr. V.Nagi
Reddy, Principal Secretary, Agriculture and other officials to initiate steps
for organising this prestigious event.
The Chief Minister also said the WAC should focus on what
is really going to help the farmers world over. It should also focus on how
agriculture should be made attractive to the youth. He said he has taken up
this issue with the Planning Commission during his recent discussion with the
Deputy Chairman. The Chief Minister said “Agriculture should be made
remunerative and attractive so that youth should take it up. Land holdings in
India are small. Bigger the family becomes, smaller goes the land holdings.
Hence the WAC should focus on small and marginal famers in particular. He also
mentioned that Hyderabad is the venue for Global Biodiversity Conference. Heads
of countries from 8 to 9 nations and 8,000 delegates from 194 countries would
be attending the Global meet.
The Chief Minister mentioned to the WAF Chairman that
Women empowerment in Andhra Pradesh is very strong and that financial
management of rural women groups are excellent and they get about Rs.10,000 crs
Agriculture Minister Kanna Lakshminarayana said that
application of Information Technology in agriculture should also be focussed
during the Congress. He wanted ‘Lab to Land’ as a focal theme.
The WAF is the only neutral, inclusive forum that allows
for comprehensive discussion and examination of current and developing domestic
and global agricultural policy. The WAF also provides the here-to-fore missing
point of interaction between global leaders and decision makers from all facets
or agriculture-finance, research, production, technology, government,
processing, distribution, consumers, academia, public policy, manufacturing and
The vision of the WAF is to act as the catalyst to advance
solutions as the agricultural industry seeks to meet the growing need for food,
fuel and fibre in an environmentally sustainable manner. The mission of the WAF
is to provide a neutral, inclusive forum for the ongoing discussion and debate
of crucial agricultural issues and policies, leading to solutions and better
informed decision-making by global leaders in all disciplines; from academia
and industry to government and advocacy.
Although many organisations are working to address food
security, none employ the neutral and holistic approach of the WAF. The WAF is
structured to embrace the multiplicity of global attitudes, customs and
cultures. Developing countries and advocacy organisations are given en equal
voice on the world stage. And, the WAF openly shares the outcomes of its
research projects and meetings through a well-rounded communications programme.
It organises biannual Congress called World Agriculture Congress, bringing
global leaders, administrators, agricultural scientists, farmers' organisation,
NGOs etc., under one platform to share experience and learn from other in order
to find a solution to critical farmers' problems.