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Hon’ble Chief Minister, Shiela Dixit innaugurates 2 day Seminar organized by Amity at Delhi Sachivalaya

Amity School of Urban Management (ASUM), in collaboration with Delhi Agriculture Marketing Department (DAMB), started a two day Interactive Orientation Seminar on “ Agriculture Marketing” at Delhi Sachivalaya Auditorium. The seminar aims to sensitize the elected representatives and officials of Delhi Agricultural Marketing Board on the statutory role, powers and functioning of Agricultural Mandees; Quality Control, Agmark, Grading, Packing, Warehousing; Obligations under RTI Act, Trade and Commerce in Agriculture Produce in the Country; International Trade in Agricultural Produce; Changing Trends in Agriculture and Marketing Management.

The seminar was inaugurated by Hon’ble Chief Minister, Smt. Shiela Dixit who has a passion to make Delhi cleaner and greener. Welcoming the participants, she applauded the effoerts of Amity in initiating such an interactive seminar which will help the participants, who are repositories of practical knowledge in the field of agriculture, to share their hard earned experiences and difficulties with the experts. Talking about the state of agriculture and agriculture produce in Delhi, she further said, “Though Delhi is not an agricultural state but it is the largest distribution and trading centre in entire North India. Azadpur Mandi of Delhi is Asia’s largest mandi. Agricultural produce from far corners of India is brought to Delhi for distribution and sales but over 30% of the produce is wasted on the way to the distribution centre.” Suggesting ways to reduce the wastage of agricultural produce while transporting it from respective producing states, she said that complete modernization of mandis has to be done, new techniques have to be adopted to increase the shelf life of the products. The mandis of Delhi have to contribute not only towards Country’s growth but also upgrade according to global standards.

Sharing the vision of Hon’ble Chief Minister, Dr. Ashok. K. Chauhan- Founder President, Amity University said that Delhi has to be made world’s best capital and for that rural sector cannot be undermined. Rural development is very important for the success of any country. No matter how big technologies are invented in cities if they are not percolated down to the grass root level where they have to be implemented, they will not bear any fruit. The technology and guidance has to reach farmers who are the producers, who are the backbone of the country. He hoped that the seminar will become historical as the interaction of traders from various Agricultural Produce Marketing Committees with experts from different fields will evolve revolutionary theories. He called upon participants to suggest and freely express views so that a refined teaching methodology can be designed and implemented.

Speaking on the occasion, Mr. Brahm Yadav- Chairman, Delhi Agriculture Marketing Board(DAMB) provided a brief outline about DAMB.He presented a brief report about the nine market committees operating under DAMB and functioning in various parts of Delhi including Delhi Fodder Market Committee, Tikri Kalan; Fish, Poultry & Egg market Committee, Gazipur and Ch. Hira Singh Wholesale Fruit & Vegetable Market, Azadpur. He further outlined the new reforms introduced in different mandees especially Chicken Mandees, Flower Mandee in Connaught Place.

Hon’ble Minister Development, Mr. Raj Kumar Chauhan; Dr. R D Srivastava- Vice Chairman, DAMB also graced the occasion.

Nearly 100 participants from DAMB and Agricultural Produce Marketing Committees will attend eight technical sessions by eminent speakers including Mr. S.P Jakhanwal, IAS (Retd.)- Director General, Amity School of Urban Management; Dr. J.S Yadav- Former Director, NIAM; Prof. R. K Gupta- Indraprastha University; Prof. Subhash Jagota- CEO, Global Business Solution; Shri Manish Sisodia- Kabir, an NGO; Shri Alok Ranjan- MD, NAFED; Shri K.S Money- Chairman, APEDA- Ministry of Commerc

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