Conference Program 2018

The Preliminary Program is continuously being updated.



  • Thursday, 4 October 2018

    08:00  -  10:00


    10:00  -  11:00

    Inaugural Session

    Lighting of Lamp

    Welcome and Opening

    Remarks by Chief Guest

    Vote of Thanks

    11:00  -  13:00

    Session 1: Agriculture

      Dr. V. V. SADAMATE
      Dr. Bernard Omodei
      Prof. Hemnath Rao H.
      Col. (Retd) N.C. Gupta, SM

    11:00-11:10: Chairperson: Dr. V. V. Sadamate, Agricultural Extension Specialist & Former Advisor (Agriculture) Planning Commission, GOI

    11:10-11:40: Keynote Lecture: Dr. Bernard Omodei, Owner, Measured Irrigation, Australia – Unpowered Measured Irrigation Controller

    11:40-11:55: Prof. Hemnath Rao H, Senior Professor & Director, Development Management Institute (DMI) – Innovation Eco-system

    11:55-12:10: Col. Naveen Chandra Gupta, Director, Drone World Australia – Drone Based Agri Services for Small and marginal Farmers

    12:10-12:25: Dr. V. V. Sadamate, Agricultural Extension Specialist & Former Advisor (Agriculture) Planning Commission, GOI – Innovations in Agricultural Extension and Advisory Services

    12:25-13:00:  Q&A                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              

    13:00  -  14:00

    Lunch Break

    14:00  -  15:50

    Session 2: Horticulture

      Dr. T. Janakiram
      Dr. Poonam Singh
      Mr. C.S. Rao
      Dr. Yaarit Wainberg, Ph.D, MBA

    14:00-14:15: Chairperson: Dr. T. Janakiram, Asst. Director General (Hort.Sci.-I), Indian Council of Agricultural Research

    14:15-14:45: Keynote Lecture: Dr. Poonam Singh, Researcher, Assiniboine Community College, Canada – Advanced crop production systems- A key to sustainable and productive agriculture

    14:45-15:00: Dr. J. Dilip Babu, Director of Research, Dr.YSR Horticultural University – Technologies for high value Horticulture

    15:00-15:15: Mr. C.S. Rao, Director, Samagra Agribusiness Services Pvt Ltd. – Export Horticulture

    15:15-15:35: Dr. Yaarit Wainberg, Ph.D, MBA, Senior Director Technology Applications, NRS Health & Wellness, Israel – Tissue Culture and Commercialization for sustainable  production of Horticultural Crops

    15:35-15:50: Q&A

    15:50  -  16:00

    Tea Break

    16:00  -  17:45

    Session 3: Food Processing & Value Addition

      Dr. Chindi Vasudevappa
      Dr. K. Uma Maheswari
      Dr. Dayakara Rao
      Dr. KJ. Venugopal M.Sc., Ph.D
      Prof. Vijaya Khader, PhD

    16:00-16:20: Chairperson: Dr. Chindi Vasudevappa, Vice Chancellor, National Institute of Food Technology Entrepreneurship and Management (NIFTEM)

    16:20-16:35: Dr. K. Uma Maheswari, Professor & University Head, Foods & Nutrition, Postgraduate & Research Center,PJTSAU – Food Nanotechnology

    16:35-16:50: Dr. B. Dayakar Rao, Principal Scientist, ICAR-IIMR – Nutri-cereals and value addition

    16:50-17:05: Dr. KJ. Venugopal M.Sc., Ph.D, Managing Director, Food Safety and Quality Solutions Incorporated (FSQS Inc.) – Food Safety operations in supply chain

    17:05-17:20: Prof. Vijaya Khader Ph.D, Former Dean Faculty of Home Science, Acharya N.G. Ranga Agricultural University – Food preservation and quality standards

    17:20-17:45: Q&A

  • Friday, 5 October 2018

    08:00  -  09:00


    09:00  -  10:45

    Session 4: Dairy and Aquaculture

      Dr. K. Sarjan Rao
      Dr. K. Kondal Reddy
      Dr. Uri Yogev

    09:00-09:20: Chairperson: Dr. K. Sarjan Rao, Dean, Sri Venkateswara Veterinary University, Tirupathi, AP

    09:20-09:35: Dr. K. Kondal Reddy, Former Professor & Head and Registrar, Dept. of Dairy Sciences, PVNR Telangana Veterinary University – Recent trends in Dairy Farming

    09:35-09:50: Dr. Uri Yogev, Ben Gurion University of the Negev, Israel – Aquaculture and Aquaponics

    09:50-10:05: Mr. G. Uma Maheswara Rao, Marketing Manager, Masqati Dairy Milk – Agribusiness in Dairy

    10:05-10:45: Q&A

    10:45  -  11:00

    Tea Break

    11:00  -  13:00

    Session 5: Start-Ups

      Dr. V. Praveen Rao
      Prof. S.V. Reddy
      Dr. M.N. Reddy

    11:00-11:15: Chairperson: Dr. V. Praveen Rao, Vice Chancellor, PJTSAU, Hyderabad

    11:15-11:25: Co-Chairman : Prof. S.V.Reddy, President & Executive Director, PRDIS


    11:25-11:35: Dr. M.N. Reddy, Former Director, MANAGE

    11:35-11:45: Prof. Surya Rathore, PhD, PGDTMA, Principal Scientist (Extension Information Systems), ICAR – NAARM, Rajendranagar, Hyderabad

    11:45-11:55: Dr. Sreenath Dixit, Principal Scientist & Team Leader, ICRISAT Development Center (IDC) Asia Program

    11:55-12:55: ICRISAT and other organizations Start- Up Companies, Success Stories

    12:55-13:00: Concluding Remarks



    13:00  -  14:00

    Lunch Break

    14:00  -  17:30

    Workshop Session by MANAGE, CREA-ZA and Università Cattolica del S. Cuore

      Dr. Fabio P. Abeni
      Dr. Saravanan Raj
      Mr. Riccardo Negrini

    Workshop Presenters:

    Dr. Saravanan Raj, Director (Agricultural Extension), MANAGE – Strengthening the Agri Business Incubation System, Innovations, Start-Ups & Agri-Preneurship
    Dr. Fabio P. Abeni
    , Head of Biological and Clinical Chemistry Lab, CREA-ZA, Italy – The new challenges in Cattle Milk Production: New technologies and Digitalization to improve dairy farm management
    Mr. Riccardo Negrini
    , Associate Professor, Università Cattolica del S. Cuore, Italy – New Solution for old problem in dairy production: from Genetics and Breeding  to Precision Livestock Farming


    17:30  -  18:00

    Closing Session

    Keynote Lecture: Mrs. V. Usha Rani, IAS, Director General (Agricultural Extension), MANAGE